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How-to: Style Your Bedroom

Vera Bradley Bedding Collection

There are few things as satisfying as redecorating your home. Even updating the smallest spaces with new artwork or fresh paint can instantly improve your mood. We believe outfitting your home to match your personality is just as important as outfitting yourself, which is one of the key reasons we launched our Home Collection last month. From bright patterns to modern designs, our bedding was made to add some style and comfort to your home.

Vera Bradley Bedding Collection

Bedrooms are unique spaces in your home since they require relaxation. It can be a tricky balance of adding personality, without giving too much visual stimulation, which can hinder your REM cycle. We wanted to know the tricks of the trade when it comes to styling your most personal space, so we went straight to the source. Stylist, hostess and self-proclaimed “homebody,” Kelley Nan, is an expert in entertaining and decorating. She shared with us her top tips for styling a bedroom and why our collection works for both pattern-lovers and minimalists.

“While you may think Vera Bradley’s bedding collection is best reserved for colorful personalities, you’ll quickly change your mind when you see the variety available. From bold to calming, their new line appeals to all styles and ages. But, what about those who gravitate toward neutrals in their home? (Raising my hand high over here!) My simple solution — add a little white! This technique works with any of their new styles, and I bet you may even have some things on hand! What exactly does pairing patterns back to white do? There are three key reasons I recommend pairing patterned bedding with white.

1. The patterns will pop

It sounds counterproductive to add white to make something more colorful, but trust me it’s not! If you pair a vibrant quilt and shams with a bit of white, it will enhance the presence of color. You can more clearly see where patterns begin and end, and it will give your entire bed a custom look. They say if you want something you stand out, you outline it. Mixing in a few white pieces works the same way by drawing attention to the pieces you’re showcasing.

Vera Bradley Bedding Collection

Vera Bradley Bedding Collection

2. Mixing and matching gives you endless options

Coordinating with complementary pieces rather than using the same print for everything will help to avoid the bed-in-a-bag look. Mixing and matching are the names of the game. By incorporating a bit of white as your backdrop, you can switch quilts seasonally (or whenever the mood strikes) for an updated, fresh look. While my bedroom currently is showcasing the Nadya Collection, I could easily switch the quilt out to Traveler Floral in the summer or the Swedish Floral Turquoise Collection in the spring. As a bonus, the Nadya Quilt has an adorable reverse side with polka dots — I can fold it down for more subtle coordination and a break in the pattern.

Vera Bradley Bedding Collection

3. Bring on the serenity

Bringing in some white will make even the boldest patterns more serene for a peaceful night’s sleep. The Maybe Navy Collection showcases a gorgeous, vibrant, large-scale floral print, but by adding some white sheets, you can take it from “tropical adventure” to “island oasis.”

What is the best way to add white? I recommend starting with your sheets. Next, look at the backdrop of the bed. For my bed, I added large, euro-shams to accentuate the paisley print on the king shams. You can mix in some subtle pattern with throw pillows, but if you stick to white, try using different textures to add interest!”

Vera Bradley Bedding Collection

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The IT Bag of Fall

The IT bag: Carson Shoulder BagWhether you’re going back to school this month or your campus days are long behind you, there is something about this time frame that always gets us excited about fall. The weather is finally starting to cool, and we’ve been mentally crafting our fall wish list for weeks (you can never be too early)! We combed through the trends and the basics we need to refresh and have finalized our must-have styles for the upcoming season. The number one item on our list: the Carson Shoulder Bag.

The IT bag: Carson Shoulder Bag

Inspired by runway styles, the Carson Shoulder Bag features a saddlebag silhouette with oversized grommets, modern hardware details and interchangeable straps. We deemed the Carson the IT bag of the season for its trendy styling with a Vera Bradley twist in fabrications and patterns you know and love. In fact, we have a Carson to fit everyone’s style with 15 different options across six different fabrications, three quilting styles, and price-points to fit any budget.

The IT bag: Carson Shoulder Bag

Our favorite feature of the Carson Shoulder Bag? It can change with your mood and occasion. Each Carson Shoulder Bag comes with two straps — an adjustable crossbody strap for days on-the-go and a shoulder strap for hands-free nights out. We also have additional shoulder straps you can purchase separately to dress your bag up or down how you like.

How We Wear It

The Carson Shoulder Bag can effortlessly transition from day to night with just the click of a strap. We love how our suede version pairs casually with denim and mules, but exudes sophistication with a ruffled dress and statement earrings.

how we wear it: day

how we wear it: night

Convinced? Shop the entire Carson Collection

Sneak Peek: Houndstooth Tweed

Certain trends never go out of style — for fall, houndstooth and tweed come to mind. So, it’s suiting (see what we did there?) that this dynamic duo is paired up for our latest pattern, Houndstooth Tweed. This print took inspiration from our archives of classic houndstooth and tweeds, and the warm, feminine palette gives it a modern twist. The use of these timeless trends makes Houndstooth Tweed stylish not only for this fall, but also for many autumns to come. As for the lovers of pink and orange, this design perfectly transitions your favorite summer shades to the chillier months of the year. Houndstooth Tweed arrives online and in stores on Thursday, August 24 in multiple collections you love, giving you endless opportunities to wear these classics in a new way.

Houndstooth Tweed
Houndstooth Tweed

Houndstooth Tweed
Houndstooth Tweed
Houndstooth Tweed
Houndstooth Tweed

Houndstooth Tweed

While Houndstooth Tweed coordinates with any sense of style, we love it paired with a bohemian vibe. Try wearing the ever-popular denim skirt with an eyelet blouse for a match made in heaven. Our RFID Front Zip Wristlet is the perfect autumn accent and it screams fall in Hawthorn Rose. Tie your look together with the Iconic Mail Bag, a hands-free option that adds the essential pop of color every outfit needs.

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

Houndstooth Tweed

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures.Visit our Houndstooth Tweed board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives,
online and in stores, on Thursday, August 24!

Sneak Peek: Heirloom Paisley

While Modern Medley gave us a bright patchwork and Painted Medallions brought a tribal-inspired design, it wouldn’t truly be fall without a paisley. Meet Heirloom Paisley, the fall print that’s taking things back to our roots. Heavily inspired by our history, Heirloom Paisley has a modern flair and features this season’s “it” color, military-inspired green, playing a dominant role among the pattern’s delightful swirls. Your new favorite pattern arrives on Thursday, August 24, and while the print is bold, it’s never too loud for fall. This pattern offers a vibrant reminder that colors don’t need to vanish along with the summer heat. The eclectic mesh of colors make Heirloom Paisley a pattern born to mix and match, and there are plenty of options in each of our collections to complement this timeless paisley pattern.

Heirloom Paisley
Heirloom Paisley
Heirloom Paisley
Heirloom Paisley

Heirloom Paisley

Heirloom Paisley

What we love most about this time of year is how the temperature has yet to drop, but the warm and neutral hues of fall are finally acceptable for our closets. We adore these khaki, ruffle shorts that match everything and fit this transitional time perfectly. Paired with this Cabernet-colored fringe sweater and gold accessories, this ensemble lets this season’s “it” bag, the Carson shoulder bag in Heirloom Paisley, do all the talking.

Heirloom Paisley

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

Heirloom Paisley

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures.Visit our Houndstooth Tweed board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives,
online and in stores, on Thursday, August 24!

3 S’mores Recipes You Need to Try

s'mores 3 ways

Coming off of National Watermelon Day and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day earlier this month, you likely thought the sweet holidays were over for August. Don’t turn off your sweet tooth just yet, because our favorite treat of all has its own day to shine: today is National S’mores Day, and we’re celebrating by sharing our own favorite recipes. These are no ordinary s’mores — our three recipes are modern twists on the classic favorite that will have you wanting to try one (or two) of each version.

Let’s get started with your campfire essentials. We always begin with a Market Tote for outdoor events since it’s lightweight, durable and easy to clean. In addition to your ingredients, don’t forget skewers and a cozy Throw Blanket for chilly summer nights.

Double Chocolate Caramel S’mores

There are few combinations quite like the marriage of chocolate and caramel. Build this s’more variation the same as you typically would, swapping out your chocolate squares for something caramel-filled. Double the cocoa with chocolate graham crackers for an extra-rich treat.

Ingredients
Chocolate graham crackers
Chocolate covered caramels
Marshmallows

White Chocolate Raspberry S’mores

Infuse your s’mores with fruit in this sweet and tart flavor mix. Spread a spoonful of raspberry jam on your graham cracker before adding the chocolate and marshmallow for an unexpected fruity kick.

Ingredients
Graham crackers
White chocolate squares
Raspberry jam
Marshmallows

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores

Nothing makes a mouth water faster than peanut butter. Mix creamy peanut butter with a rich, dark chocolate for a bold flavor combo. Add a peanut butter cup for the ultimate upgrade on a campfire fave.

Ingredients
Graham crackers
Dark chocolate peanut butter cups
Marshmallows

Which variation are you excited to try first? Do you have a special go-to s’more recipe? Share with us below in the comments!

Teacher Picks: Best Work Bags

The beginning of August always signals the end of summer and the beginning of the new year — school-year, that is. Whether you’re heading back yourself or just love to refresh your wardrobe and desk accessories for fall, August always seems to spark the creative, organizational energy in us. When you think of school shopping, students typically come to mind — but what about the teachers? Teachers (AKA — real life superheroes) need a bag that can get them from Monday morning to the long-awaited 3:30 bell Friday afternoon. We wanted to know what exactly makes a great teacher bag, so we chatted with three teachers to learn what bag they carry and what features are important to get them through the school week.

Teacher Profile

Name: Caitlin | thestyledteacher.com
Subject: 8th-grade English
City: San Francisco, CA
Favorite bag: Hadley Tote

teacher picks

teacher picks

“As a teacher, I’m always looking for a bag that is durable, reliable, functional and cute! With all of the materials I’m lugging back and forth from school, it’s really important that the straps can withstand the heavy weight of a laptop, books and more. The Hadley Tote is the perfect teacher bag because it ticks all of those boxes — it’s durable, has plenty of pockets to hold pens, post-it notes and binder clips, and it’s stylish. I also love that I can wash it should I happen to spill something. It really is the quintessential teacher bag!”

Teacher Profile

Name: Jess | here & now
Subject: 6th-grade Engineering
City: Denver, CO
Favorite bag: Laptop Messenger Bag

teacher picks

teacher picks

“As a middle school teacher, my perfect workbag would resemble the one Mary Poppins carried, but in lieu of that, I look for pockets, function and of course, how it looks. If I’m going to carry it every day, it has to pop with my teacher outfits. The Laptop Messenger Bag is perfect for teachers because it has a pocket for everything, so nothing gets lost in the abyss! I love the padded laptop compartment, stylish yet durable fabric and the surprise interior print — it makes me smile every time I lift the flap! Vera Bradley truly marries form and function in this bag, so I can be a better teacher when everything is perfectly organized.”

Teacher Profile

Name: Kelly | theglamorousteacher.com
Subject: Dance
City: Dallas, TX
Favorite bag: Lighten Up Grand Backpack

teacher picks

teacher picks

“I’m constantly on-the-go, so it’s super important for me to have something to carry around that can keep everything organized. As a dance teacher, I want a bag I can always depend on, that’s versatile and can hold a lot of items from binders and choreography notes to music, shoes and layering pieces. Cramming all of this into a small tote bag can be nearly impossible, not to mention bad for my back! I love my new Lighten Up Grand Backpack since it can carry everything I need and keep it all organized. There are many small pockets where you can keep an ID, phone, charger and anything you would typically keep in your purse. I can’t wait for the new year to start so I can use this every day!”

Calling all teachers
what is your favorite teacher bag? Share below in the comments!

Shop our new arrivals to find the perfect bag for your closet this fall.

Monthly Edit: August

August is one of those tricky “in-between” months where it still feels like summer, but you’re in the fall mindset. Whether you’re going back to school or just refreshing your wardrobe out of habit, August is always a busy month, and it can be hard to keep up. Girl, we feel you. Stay in the loop by jotting down the five things not to miss this month!

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What are you looking forward to most this month? Share below in the comments!