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Guest Dressed: cute and casual

We’re welcoming back Jessica Sturdy, the blogger behind Bows & Sequins, for a relaxed, yet rosy take on dressing for Cupid’s big day.

Guest Dressed: cute and casual

“No matter the holiday, I love a festive take on everyday ensembles! As soon as February 1st rolls around, I find myself incorporating pops of pink (and red) into my outfits, around my home, and into my beauty routine. It’s the month of love! Plus, it’s a fabulous excuse to brighten things up after the typically long, cold month of January.”

Guest Dressed: cute and casual

Guest Dressed: cute and casual

Guest Dressed: cute and casual

Guest Dressed: cute and casual

Guest Dressed: cute and casual

For weekend and work-from-home wear, I almost always style my outfit around a great pair of denim. Even though we’re in the dead of winter, I still wear my white jeans on the regular. I love the look of winter white! When you have a foundation of white, camel, and/or gray, it’s the best blank canvas to incorporate some pops of print and color. I paired my white jeans with a cozy gray sweater and punched it up with a pink Ombre Scarf, a fun Fuchsia bag, and a leopard pump. If you’ve got a busy day with lots of running around, leopard flats are a great alternative. I love how this look is casual, festive, put-together, and shows some fun personality, too!

[Get the look: Satchel in Fuchsia, Turn Lock Wallet in Cheery Blossoms and Tablet Sleeve in Cheery Blossoms ]

carry the love

Guest Dressed: ladies night

Jessica Sturdy, the blogger behind Bows & Sequins, shares her advice for creating a romantic look to perfectly complement your holiday plans.

Guest Dressed

“When I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with my gal pals, I like to keep it sleek, on-trend, and a little bit more edgy for a night on the town!”

Guest Dressed

Guest Dressed

Guest Dressed

Guest Dressed

This look is perfect for dinner and drinks with your girlfriends! Black jeans are my night-out must-have in the winter. They go with absolutely everything and are so much warmer than a skirt or tights! I find it easy to fall into the all-black trap when getting dressed to go out, especially in New York City. Since I paired my black denim with black booties and a black tank, I opted for a bit of a lighter feel on top. A crisp white blazer and a white leather clutch make this outfit look so much more fresh and polished. I topped off my look with a faux fur vest and a bold red lip to take it up a notch!

[Get the look: Quilted Harper Clutch in White and Large Ruffle Cosmetic in Tango Red]

carry the love

Carry the Love

Carry the Love

With our Agenda pages flipped to February and a rosy collection of cute styles for the occasion, the stage is set for the sweetest season of the year. If the heart’s favorite holiday snuck up on you this year, relax. We have your guide to all things Valentine’s Day.

Carry the Love

Browse our blushing bouquet of styles on Facebook or shop them, online and in stores.

all things considered.

Building a board with options you’re pining for? See our Carry the Love board on Pinterest and add to your virtual Wish List.

hint, hint.

Help your sweetheart sweep you off your feet. Leave some not-so-subtle suggestions in a spot they’re sure to see. Download the wish list ›

Carry the Love wish list

A DIY from the heart

DIY

Do something sweet for someone this Valentine’s Day
with this simple craft that speaks right to the heart.

Message in a Mason Jar

supplies

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
mason jar, painter’s tape, stencil (we chose a heart), sharp knife, black chalkboard paint,
twine or ribbon, chalkboard pen or chalk, goodies (see suggestions below)

supplies

1. Position painter’s tape in the area where you would like your design to appear.

supplies

2. Place the stencil over the painter’s tape and trace around the outside. Use a sharp knife to cut around the lines. Remove surrounding tape, leaving only the shape on the mason jar.

supplies

3. Paint the outside of the jar, vertically, with chalkboard paint. Let this dry for one hour. Add a second coat, painting horizontally.

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4. Once the paint is dry, remove the remaining tape.

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5. Tie twine or a decorative ribbon around the rim of the mason jar and use a chalkboard pen or chalk to add unique designs or messages. Fill with sweet treats.

sweeten the pot.

sweeten the pot

[ Printable wish list ]

Shop these styles and all of our Valentine’s Day Gifts online and in stores

Bonus: Download and attach this gift tag for a thoughtful final touch.gift tag

Setting up for Success at #vbos15

VBOS

Like with any big event, the key to an enjoyable experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale is proper preparation and access to all of the vital information. Knowledge is shopping power!

get in the game.
Registration for the 2015 Sale is officially open! Whether you plan to buy a little, or a go for the spending limit, you’ll need to register to make a purchase. Get it done early and check it off your to-dos.

set the date.
Call the people in your party and pick the dates that look best. Once you set your schedule, you can really dig into the details.

Ticketed Sessions | Wednesday, April 8 – Friday, April 10
Open Sessions | Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12
See the complete Sale schedule

gear up.
Years ago, we shared our Outlet shopper’s Guide to Success, and the advice still rings true. Dress for comfort, carry for function, have a meeting place for your party and, above all, focus on the fun of the event!

join in the chatter.
Leading up to and during the Sale, you can find up-to-the-minute buzz about the Sale when you follow @verabradley on Twitter, #vbos15. Tweet us your questions, share a snapshot of your matching T-shirts or just catch the latest on your session.

ask those in the know.
We put out the call on social media for shoppers to share their advice to those attending for the first time and the response was wonderful:

Have something to add? Comment below and share your insights for
those joining us in Fort Wayne this April.

Pack a Power Lunch, Pt. 3

For the third installment of this satiating series, we’re serving up a classic dish that masks its nutrient-rich elements with indulgent, rich flavor. Armed with the right recipes, the will to form fresh habits and a lovely Lunch style to keep it all together, the year is yours for the taking!

Kit KaiserWe teamed with Kit Kieser, a Nutrition Educator for Catalyst Fitness, to create a menu packed with nutritious options that appeal to both your appetite and your goals for 2015.

Soup’s on.

Pack a Power Lunch
Lunch Bunch

Pack a Power Lunch, Pt. 2

As we mentioned Monday, the first month of the year is drawing to a close and we couldn’t think of a better time to circle back and reenergize your intention for a happy, healthful year. We thought a fresh batch of satisfying, delicious meal options could be just the thing you need to either stay on, or get back on track.

Kit KaiserWe teamed with Kit Kieser, a Nutrition Educator for Catalyst Fitness, to create a menu packed with nutritious options that appeal to both your appetite and your goals for 2015.

Go fish.

Pack a Power Lunch

Lighten Up Lunch Mate

Pack a Power Lunch, Pt. 1

Resolution check: How is your vow to eat healthier and pack smart meals coming along? As we near a new month, your resolve might be dwindling. We thought a fresh batch of satisfying, delicious meal options could be just the thing you need to reignite that fire you felt four weeks ago.

Kit KaiserWe teamed with Kit Kieser, a Nutrition Educator for Catalyst Fitness, to create a menu packed with nutritious options that appeal to both your appetite and your goals for 2015.

Chicken scoop.

Pack a Power Lunch
Pack a Power Lunch
Vera Bradley Lunch Sack