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Pack Like a Pro: Weekend Getaway

Pack like a pro: Weekend getaway
Summer means long weekends by the lake and short weeks in the office. Taking a vacation day on a Friday or Monday to extend your time away from work makes the weekend feel luxurious. A weekend getaway is one of our favorite ways to make the most of the long days of summer. Our least favorite? Packing a bag to fit all of the outfit choices you need for three days. We’ve compiled the best travel tips for what to pack and how to fit it all in for a stress-free weekend getaway.

First, find your bag. We recommend one The Lighten Up Ultimate Sport Bag. Whether you’re planning to squeeze in a work out while you’re away or just planning to work on your tan, this bag doesn’t discriminate. It’s lightweight enough to carry up the steps at the lake cottage and large enough to fit your sandals, wedges and your tennis shoes (just in case you decide to go for a run).

Pack like a pro: Weekend getaway

If your weekend getaway involves a road trip, we love this list of foolproof hacks to make traveling just as fun as the destination.

Pack like a pro: Weekend getaway

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Pack Like a Pro: Seven Day Trip

You’ve been counting down for months and it’s finally here: summer vacation. One week of no-stress, carefree, soaking-in-the-sun “you time.” You love the idea of relaxation and getting away for the week, but the idea of packing? Not always the case. Choosing what to pack for an entire week can be difficult. You want to be prepared for any weather or occasion that may arise, but you often end up with half of your closet on the floor, trying to zip your overflowing suitcase shut. Note these space-saving hacks for your next big trip.

Pack Like A Pro: Seven Day Trip

The first way to up your packing game is to find the right bag. For a week-long trip, you need space and functionality, enter: The Lighten Up Large Wheeled Duffel. This lightweight rolling luggage doubles as a duffel and packs in plenty of function (pun intended).  When you’re traveling by air and don’t want to check your luggage, you’ll want to use these tips for packing your carry on.

Pack Like A Pro: Seven Day Trip

1. Use your clothes to store your clothes.

Find unique ways to use what you’re already bringing to help pack smaller items. For example, fold your bra in half and put your underwear between the cups: it saves space and helps your bras maintain their shape. Or, stuff your socks in your shoes to eliminate losing a pair.

Pro tip: Wear your sunglasses while traveling, so you can use the empty sunglasses case to store cords like chargers and earbuds.

2. Roll when you can.

You’ll only want to do this with items that don’t wrinkle as easily (i.e. T-shirts, pants, pajamas). For button-down shirts and lightweight dresses; stick to folding.

Pro tip: Use tissue paper between layers when folding to prevent wrinkles.

3. Keep your jewelry organized.

It takes a lot of time to untangle necklaces, bracelets and earrings after they are tossed in one bag. Invest in a travel organizer that will keep pieces separate and neat, while lying flat in your suitcase. Headache averted.

Pro tip: If you’re packing multiple necklaces, use this straw hack to keep chains from tangling.

Looking for more? We love these space-saving hacks.

Styles to Outfit Your Week

For many, summer seems to slow down a bit, but not you. Your busy schedule keeps you on your toes, but you wouldn’t have it any other way. Between work, your favorite workout class, happy hour with the coworkers and that last-minute weekend trip, your summer schedule is jam-packed through the end of August. Your calendar is filled, now all you need are the perfect bags to get you through the summer (and this week).

Bag for Work

Leah Tote

For most of us, work doesn’t go away in the summer, which means our Monday mornings require a lot of coffee and the work tote to get us through our 9 – 5. Our Leah Tote is up for the task. Part of our Sycamore leather collection, this tote has been dubbed the “Mary Poppins” bag by Blogger Jess Keys for its ability to hold everything you’d possibly need. Not only is it laptop friendly, but it also features a secret pocket to stash your phone. If you’re needing inspiration on what to wear to work, we’ve got you covered.

Bag for Every Day

Triple Zip Hipster

Just because you’re out of the office, doesn’t mean you stop moving. For the weekends, you need a bag designed for the girl on the go. Our Triple Zip Hipster has three compartments for maximum organization, all in a hands-free style perfect for running errands. How pretty is it in our newest pattern, Lilac Tapestry? See the inspiration behind the textile-inspired pattern here.

Bag for Gym

Preppy Poly Yoga Sport Bag

Although it can be difficult to find time to stay fit with work and a full social calendar, you always make the effort. Our Preppy Poly Yoga Sport Bag may be the only gym bag you’ll ever need. It has a side pocket that’s the perfect size for storing your shoes, plus adjustable side straps to hold your yoga mat. If you weren’t already sold, this bag is also carry-on compliant, so you can exercise on the go for your next business trip.

Bag for Weekend Trips

 Large Duffel 2.0 Travel Bag

Whether you have a romantic trip planned with bae or a weekend at the lake with the squad, you need a smart bag that is spacious enough to fit everything you need. The Large Duffel 2.0 Travel Bag has more than enough space for a weekend trip, plus you’ll have room for that extra pair of shoes. We love this duffel in our new Northern Lights pattern. The colors will transition seamlessly from summer to fall, so you can enjoy it for seasons to come.  See the inspiration behind the pattern here.

Bag for Date Night

Vera Bradley Ultimate Crossbody

For a night out on the town, you need something sophisticated that can fit your essentials. Our Ultimate Crossbody is the perfect size to fit your cards, keys, iPhone 6s and favorite red lipstick. It has a removable strap, so you can choose whether you want to wear it as a crossbody or carry it as a wallet. Our new hue, Claret, is chic and the perfect accent to your LBD.

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A Closer Look: Northern Lights

As June comes to a close, we’re anxiously anticipating the arrival of our new patterns and styles. Launching on Thursday, July 7, Northern Lights is a simple and chic print with a nod to the Mod 60s. Influenced by black and white graphic prints accented with pops of rose and gray, this print is reminiscent of hand-printed textiles. If you’re looking for something a little more geometric, Northern Stripes will be perfect for you. With pops of orange in addition to rose and gray, this pattern is a mix of prints to create an eye-catching design.

Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
Vera Bradley: Northern Lights

Vera Bradley: Northern Lights
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Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with our new pattern:

Download: Northern Lights

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Northern Lights board on Pinterest.

If purple is your thing, you’ll love our new Lilac Tapestry which launches the same day. See the inspiration behind the print.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores, Thursday, July 7!

A Closer Look: Lilac Tapestry

Now that summer is in full swing, we felt it was time for a new pattern for all of your summer travels. Launching Thursday, July 7, Lilac Tapestry is a vintage and textile inspired pattern, with nods to astrology and hand-worked lace. The celestial purples are combined with bursts of blue and pink for a galactic inspired tapestry. We think you’ll be feeling pretty in purple with this pattern on vacation, around campus, and on the go.

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Lilac Tapestry

Style your tech
Dress up your phone, tablet or desktop screen with our new pattern:

Download: Lilac Tapestry

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Lilac Tapestry board on Pinterest

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores, Thursday, July 7!

Style Your Space: After

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition. Stylists Tricia and Allison went head to head in a fashion face-off to see who could style their space best. Last week we shared a behind the scenes look at their preparation for the competition. Today, we have the final reveal, where they are competing for your votes!

1 | Art Poppies

Art Poppies

Tricia used Art Poppies as inspiration for her room. She loves this pink and navy pattern for its ability to be playful and glam at the same time. She designed this room with the fashionista in mind. Pops of pink and gold accents complete her space.

Art Poppies

Art Poppies

Art Poppies

Art Poppies

2 | Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Allison decorated her space with a Nomadic Floral theme. Designed with a boho-chic flair, her space feels cozy, yet sophisticated, with soft accents. Allison’s space is perfect for the free-spirit adventure lover.

Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Nomadic Floral

Whose space is your favorite? Let us know. Shop your favorite pattern and show us how you style your space with #myVBplace!

How to Keep Your Desk Organized

Work space organizationWe always feel more productive surrounded by cute desk accessories. There is nothing like a gold stapler or paisley pencil cup to inspire and help us get ready to work. For this reason, we find it very important to keep our desks neat and organized with the prettiest pieces to maximize productivity. If you struggle to keep your workspace organized, try these three tips.

1. Lose the clutter

You’d be surprised at how easy this is to do. We all have pencil cups that are jammed full of pens and unsharpened pencils that we don’t use. Get rid of it now. This is only adding clutter and making it more difficult to keep a neat appearance.

PRO TIP: Create an “inbox” at your desk to organize your incoming documents. Go through it at the end of the day so that paperwork doesn’t pile up.

Work space organization

2. Create a color-coded system

We are big fans of color-coding, and desk organization is no exception. Whether you apply it to filing folders, post-it notes, or highlighter colors (or all three), your organization will improve by segmenting your tasks.

PRO TIP: Use pink for immediate attention, orange for reminders, etc. More tips on color-coding here

Work space organization

3. Leave room for white space

The thing that spirals you down into messy desk-land is simply having too much stuff on your desk. Leave most of the desktop cleared. Having free space not only gives you an area to work, but also gives you fewer distractions while you’re working. It’s best to store what you can in drawers and only put the essentials on your desk.

PRO TIP: Place items most frequently used on your dominant hand side, with the most important items in closest proximity.

For chic office accessory inspiration, we think you’ll love Lauren Conrad’s picks