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What to Pack for Labor Day Weekend

There’s nothing like a long holiday weekend around the corner to turn our mid-week slump into sheer excitement. It’s a known fact that once Labor Day hits, the fall vibes roll in and our minds have left summer for the year. Labor Day weekend serves as the last hurrah of the summer season, filled with last-minute trips, beach time and all of the cookouts. Whether you’re squeezing in a getaway, going to your bestie’s annual barbecue or just chilling at the lake, we’re showing you what to pack to take full advantage of the long weekend.

Weekend Getaway

What to pack for Labor Day weekend
Long weekends like these don’t come by often, so you’re taking advantage by hitting the road. Whether you’re heading home to visit family or road-tripping with bae, you don’t want to be weighed down by multiple bags. For trips like these, we recommend our Weekender Travel Bag. The perfect size for long weekends, our Weekender can fit everything you need from an extra pair of shoes (just because) to your entire arsenal of beauty products all wrapped up in your Hanging Organizer. As if the spacious interior wasn’t enough, there is also a zippered compartment on the front (perfect for car snacks) and two back slip pockets. Did we mention there is also a padded shoulder strap for comfortable transport? You’re welcome.

Pro tip: Make the most of your Weekender with Expandable Packing Cubes. These allow you to stay organized and pack even more by compressing your clothing down to optimize your space.

Lakeside Chilling

What to pack for Labor Day weekend
Summer is your favorite season, so it’s no surprise that come Labor Day we’ll find you relaxing at the lake. You’re soaking up every last minute of summer, and we don’t blame you. For mornings (and afternoons, and evenings) on the boat, you need a bag that can stand to get a little wet and will keep your snacks secure. Our Cooler Tote is lightweight, durable and water-resistant (AKA totally splash-proof). It’s spacious enough that you can pack your containers of fruits and veggies, along with water bottles and your beverage of choice (wink, wink). The zip closure will keep your snacks cool for hours of lake fun. Feel free to kick back and enjoy the sunshine. You deserve it.

Pro tip: The front slip pocket is the perfect size for stashing your sunscreen while keeping it separate from your food!

Evening Barbecue

What to Pack for Labor Day Weekend
There are few things you love as much as a staycation, so Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to get a little extra time at home. You’re happy to have some recovery time at the start of the weekend so you can be rested up for your bestie’s annual barbecue! Although you’re not the one hosting, you love to help her out by being a great guest. Surprise her with a bottle of her favorite wine and fresh blooms from the farmer’s market. Our Get Carried Away Tote is our favorite for cookouts because you can fit anything and everything you need. Tuck in your hostess gifts alongside a homemade pie (your specialty) and you’ll win major brownie points.

Pro tip: Toss in a deck of cards for some late-night euchre. You never know when the hostess will need you to jump in and help entertain the group.

Which bag matches your weekend plans? Share with us in the comments.

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Style Profile: What Works at the Office

Even after college, it’s hard to shake that back-to-school mindset this month. No matter what, we always seem to correlate fall with a sense of renewal. As everyone else is heading back to campus, we’re busy making plans of refreshing our wardrobes to ensure that we don’t just act the part, but we also dress the part, too. Regardless of what step you are on the corporate ladder, it’s important to be the best version of yourself, which can only be accomplished when you feel your best.

This is where we come in. As a company started by women, for women, we realize the unique needs you have. From that charging pocket, so your battery never drains to the secret compartment that perfectly fits your phone, we design styles that can outfit your entire life from your 9-5 and beyond. So who better to give work-wear inspiration than the women behind the brand? We sat down with four women in various stages of their careers to learn about their roles, work style and how their bag helps them get through the workweek.

Lindsay: The Designer

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VB: Tell us about your favorite bag!
Lindsay: “I use the Carson Shoulder Bag as my handbag, but love the Iconic Vera Tote as my workbag. This tote is perfect for lugging all of my supplies to and from work.”
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VB: Can you give us a quick rundown of what a typical day looks like for a designer?
Lindsay: “As a mom, I need to get everyone out the door on time! I hope to show up to work 30 minutes early when it’s quiet so I can work on whatever I forgot to do the day before! I usually work on a print for an upcoming season, try to squeeze in a few jokes with my teammates, have lunch outside, do a little trend research and go to meetings to review artwork. After work, I pick up my sons at daycare, have dinner with my family and watch a show or two over a glass of wine with my husband.”

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VB: What is your favorite accessory?
Lindsay: “I love our scarves! I wear the Oversized Scarf for travel and Neckerchiefs to wear instead of a necklace or around my wrist.”

VB: If your bag could talk, it would say __________.
Lindsay: “Looks like it’s time for a manicure!”

VB: Which fall pattern best illustrates your personality?
Lindsay:Falling Flowers — it’s bold and not too serious!”

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Gaby: The Store Manager

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VB: Be real with us. Tell us what it’s like to be a Store Manager.
Gaby: “I always expect the unexpected! I start the day by prepping my team, then help each and every customer find their perfect bag. No matter the occasion, we have something for them! I pride myself on loving our products, so I just work to communicate that with our customers.”

VB: Which items can you not leave the house without in the morning?
Gaby: “My lunch bag and coffee!”

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VB: We know you love the Iconic Deluxe Vera Tote for work — what feature do you use the most?
Gaby: “The pockets! I know where my phone and keys are at all times.”

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VB: After a long shift, which bag transitions you from the store to happy hour?
Gaby: “Definitely the Mini Carson! It’s the perfect size.”

VB: How does your weekend style differ from your work wardrobe?
Gaby: “It’s more casual — I trade in my heels for sneakers and love wearing comfortable t-shirts.”

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Adele: The Intern

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VB: As an intern, what styles can you not live without?
Adele: “I always bring my Triple Zip Hipster with me to work — it’s super functional and can hold all of my essentials, and the bright pop of color makes it fun for weekend errands and brunching with my girlfriends. I also always have to make sure I have my phone and agenda on me when I head out the door!”

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VB: Why is a hands-free style like the Triple Zip Hipster essential for interns?
Adele: “I never really know what the day is going to hold as an intern, so I need a bag that will carry what I need when I’m on-the-go. I go from working in the office and running off to the distribution center to heading into the Jefferson Pointe store for Snapchat takeovers. I need a bag that can keep up and this one does!”

VB: What’s in your bag right now?
Adele: “My keys, wallet, perfume, lip gloss, deodorant, phone, peach rings (I have a sweet-tooth) and a pen.”

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VB: When transitioning from campus to corporate, what surprised you the most about your office style?
Adele: “Office style is what I was born to have! I’ve always liked to dress up. On campus, everyday attire for students is pretty casual, so I have loved having an excuse to dress up every day while working here!”

VB: How do you set yourself up for success each morning?
Adele: “I’ve always been a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I like to have my morning coffee and bagel to feel like I’m starting the day off on the right foot.”

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Leigh: The Commuter

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VB: You’re a freelance designer who commutes to work ­— tell us a little about what your day looks like.
Leigh: “I live in Indy, so being a freelancer allows me to have a more flexible schedule. Depending on the day, I’m up by 7:30 am, sifting through emails and the day’s to-do list. On these days at home, I design from 9 to 5 with a quick lunch break! If it’s a commuting day, I’m out the door by 7 (after a quick coffee run), then off to the office.”

VB: What bag is best for a commuter constantly on the go?
Leigh: “The Campus Tech Backpack is perfect for me since it has plenty of space for my laptop, notebook and anything else I might need. It keeps me organized and allows me to work from literally anywhere, from a coffee shop to 39,000 feet. I’m also one of those people who hate making multiple trips to the car, so having my hands free to open the door and carry as much as possible in one trip is a lifesaver!”

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VB: Is a backpack just your workbag or your everyday bag, too?
Leigh: “It’s definitely my workbag, but I’ve been known to convert it to a quick overnight bag when need be!”

VB: If we were to dump out your workbag right now, what would we find?
Leigh: “Definitely a phone charger, ear buds, mints, floss, concealer, hand sanitizer, lip balm and probably a crumpled receipt or two!”

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VB: Do you have a personal motto you strive to live by in the workplace?
Leigh: “ ‘Work hard and be nice to people.’ I feel like that’s my goal pretty much every day.”

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What bag is your go-to for the workplace?
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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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Houndstooth Tweed

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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

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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!