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Behind the Scenes: Spring Photo Shoot

Our new Spring arrivals may have just been released, but we’ve been planning them for over a year! All of our styles and patterns go through many phases before being put into production or even making it onto a photo shoot set. Back in October when everyone was wrapped in blanket scarves sipping on PSLs, our creative team was in New Orleans, Louisiana for our Spring 2017 photo shoot. VP of Creative, John, gave us an exclusive scoop on where the team dined, shopped and played off camera.

Spring 2017: Behind the scenes

Where to Shop

Who doesn’t love shopping while on vacation (or at least a work trip)? Canal Place is perfect for knocking out your shopping at once with a combination of boutiques and specialty retailers. The Anthropologie will draw you in, and the J.Crew and Lululemon will keep you there for hours.

Where to Eat

“We filmed at St. Roch Market and it was an amazing find. Super local and very cool.” — John

St. Roch Market is a local southern food hall with a variety of cuisines that makes for a very unique dining experience. John loves that St. Roch Market is run entirely by locals. He recommends the oysters, coffee and juice bar. See their current vendors here.

“We ate at Shaya and it was amazing! They make their own pita bread and the whole experience was amazing.” — John

Located on famous Magazine Street, Shaya offers Israeli cuisine for the international food lovers.

Where to Get a Cocktail

“Let’s face it — people go to NOLA to eat, drink and have a good time.” — John

John says a unique (and awesome) quality about New Orleans is the high number of female bartenders. Not only are there a lot of them, these expert mixologists are pretty well-known around New Orleans. Although it’s hard to choose a favorite, we love Compère Lapin and Bourbon “O” Bar. Wherever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a good time in New Orleans.

Where to Visit

Rich in culture, New Orleans has a breadth of activities to fill your evenings. From Broadway musicals (Lion King is currently in town) to multiple art and music festivals, there’s always something to do and see. Magazine Street is a must for first timers. Located in the Garden District, stretching six miles to Uptown, this street is filled with specialty coffee shops, antique stores, art galleries and boutiques.

Where to next? Only time will tell!

Where is 2017 taking you? Share your upcoming trip with us in the comments below!

Sneak Peek: Cuban Stamps

We’re just weeks away from gathering around everyone’s favorite groundhog to see how close we are to spring. Call us optimistic, but we have a feeling spring is coming early this year. Lucky for you, our newest pattern is arriving just in time for you to start brainstorming your first spring outfit. Arriving online and in-stores tomorrow, Cuban Stamps is the whimsical pattern your spring wardrobe needs. Inspired by vintage travel, classic Cuban motifs and a sunny palette, Cuban Stamps is perfect for jet-setters and spring breakers alike.

Itching to carry our newest pattern on your upcoming getaway, but unsure of what to wear due to cool weather? Start with a spring-ready pop color jacket layered over a cozy tee and jeans. Neutral ballet flats are perfect for travel and won’t draw attention away from your eye-catching tote. Don’t forget your trusty watch and your iPhone, obviously (you don’t want to miss your flight)!

Cuban Stamps

Cuban Stamps

Cuban Stamps

Cuban Stamps

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

desktop downloads: Cuban Stamps

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Cuban Stamps board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores,
Thursday, January 12!

Sneak Peek: Cuban Tiles

With the start of the New Year, we can’t help but have spring on the mind! Although it’s still cold outside, we’re dreaming of warmer weather and sunnier days with the upcoming release of our newest pattern. Available to shop on Thursday, January 12, Cuban Tiles is the bright, geometric pattern that will transition your wardrobe to spring in no time. Inspired by classic Cuban floor tiles and tonal blues, Cuban Tiles is the perfect pattern to style with your denim favorites. We love our newest pattern paired with white jeans, a cozy sweater and a classic denim jacket. Navy booties are weather-appropriate, while the fun ascot will give a nod to the upcoming season.

If you prefer to flaunt in florals for spring, you’ll love Blue Havana Rose. Offered in Preppy Poly, this pattern will coordinate with your favorite Cuban Tiles styles.

Cuban Tiles

Cuban Tiles

Cuban Tiles

Cuban Tiles

Cuban Tiles

Cuban Tiles

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

desktop download: Cuban Tiles

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Cuban Tiles board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores, Thursday, January 12! Want to see the collection in person? Stop by your nearest Vera Bradley store for our Spring Celebration between January 12 and 14 and enter for a chance to win a Cuban Tiles gift set!

Clear the Clutter in Your Space

The start of a new year signals new beginnings. Many spend the first week of January contemplating how to better themselves in the New Year. From fitness ambitions and snacking habits to volunteering and reading more often, goals range from person to person. Wherever 2017 is taking you, we want to help you get there. A fresh year begins with a fresh start and clearing the literal and figurative clutter from the year before. Whether you’re looking to organize your home, your day or your life, we have everyday solutions that will make your life a little more beautiful. 

First, we gave you the tools we’re using to crush our 2017 goals. Next, we suggested our three favorite items to make your busy days a little less hectic. After clearing the clutter in our lives and every day, we’re turning to the place where we spend the most time: the home. Check out the five items we’ve selected to clear the clutter in our space below.

Organize your space

1. Hanging Organizer in Kiev Paisley

Keep your belts, bracelets and other baubles together (and off the floor) with a cute and functional accessory. It hangs easily in your closet and when you’re ready to jet, it folds neatly into your suitcase.

2. Expandable Packing Cubes

Pack away last season’s sweaters to save space in your closet for new styles and outfits. Or, use them as a space saver in your suitcase for your next vacation. Different sizes of cubes accommodate the items you need to pack — the large is perfect for all the different swimsuits you need in Mexico!

Organize your space

3. Ultimate Jewelry Organizer

Tuck small accessories such as earrings and rings safely inside this organizer. Take this sleek case on the road, or hang it in your space to use every day.

4. Travel Cosmetic Set

Makeup brushes, lotions and fragrance — they all have a place in this case. This set of cosmetic bags has a spot for every item in your morning routine. Bonus: it’s lined with clear PVC for easy cleaning.

5. Curling & Flat Iron Cover

Place your styling tools in this heat-resistant case for easy transport, or fold the cord and store it right away to save space.

How are you clearing the clutter in your space this year? Share your tips in the comments below!

Sneak Peek: Havana Rose

Havana RoseAlthough there is still snow on the ground, the New Year often ushers in a longing for spring that we can’t quite shake. The desire for brighter colors and sunnier days has already begun, so we decided to give you an exclusive sneak peek of our new spring patterns. Available to shop on January 12, the Havana Rose Collection features not one, but three new patterns: Havana Rose, Havana Dots and Havana Hothouse. Comprised of bright tones juxtaposed on a dark background, the collection is inspired by classic Cuban rose motifs, Havana architecture and romance. We think Havana Rose is just the thing your wardrobe needs to transition you into the spring months.

Havana Rose
Havana Rose
Havana Rose
Havana Rose
Havana Rose

Havana Rose

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

Desktop Download: Havana Rose

Download: Desktop | Tablet | Mobile

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Havana Rose board on Pinterest.

Shop the entire collection when it arrives, online and in stores, Thursday, January 12! Can’t wait until then? Shop select styles early, online now.

Clear the Clutter in Your Day

Organize your day

The start of a new year signals new beginnings. Many spend the first week of January contemplating how to better themselves in the New Year. From fitness ambitions and snacking habits to volunteering and reading more often, goals range from person to person. Wherever 2017 is taking you, we want to help you get there. A fresh year begins with a fresh start and clearing the literal and figurative clutter from the year before. Whether you’re looking to organize your home, your day or your life, we have everyday solutions that will make your life a little more beautiful.

We suggested a few items that will make your life a little easier, but what about the every day? From work to yoga, to dinner with friends, your days are packed with activity. Three of our picks that will make your manic Mondays a little easier.

1. Keep Charged Vera Tote

Keep Charged Vera Tote
It’s the middle of the day and your phone battery is at 5%. No outlets in sight? No problem. Plug your phone into your tote and keeping going, girl! This tote is big enough to hold your agenda, wallet and a water bottle (for that goal to get more H20 this year) so you can fit all of it in one day.

2. Medium Zip Cosmetic

Medium Zip Cosmetic
Lotion bottles, hand sanitizer, extra brushes or snacks, this cosmetic case is plastic-lined and ready for anything. Place your smaller items inside and then slip this into your work tote to keep everything organized. No more rooting around the bottom of your bag for a bobby pin – this case keeps them locked in with a zip-top closure.

3. RFID Quilted Georgia Wallet

RFID Wallet
The unsung hero of our bags, we can’t get through a day without this item. Organizer of our cash, cards, coins, library cards and the loyalty cards to the coffee shop with the best latte in town. This one carries all of that in one slim package along with RFID protection to guard your cards from uninvited scans.

How are you clearing the clutter in your day this year? Share your tips below in the comments!

Clear the Clutter in Your Life

Organize your life

The start of a new year signals new beginnings. Many spend the first week of January contemplating how to better themselves in the New Year. From fitness ambitions and snacking habits to volunteering and reading more often, goals range from person to person. Wherever 2017 is taking you, we want to help you get there. A fresh year begins with a fresh start and clearing the literal and figurative clutter from the year before. Whether you’re looking to organize your home, your day or your life, we have everyday solutions that will make your life a little more beautiful.

If you’re one that has multiple goals ranging from health to community involvement, you should start thinking big picture on how to achieve those goals. What tools do you need to ensure you’re checking off your resolutions come December? Luckily, we have just the thing – three things, actually – that will help you keep your life organized in 2017.

1. Lighten Up Ultimate Gym Bag

Organize your life: gym bag

If feeling your best is on your resolution list, there is bound to be a fitness class or two in your near future. Invest in a gym bag that meets all of your needs: lightweight, durable and plenty of room to spare. Our Lighten Up Ultimate Gym Bag has everything you need; with six exterior pockets, including a zippered compartment to keep your shoes separated after a sweaty spin class. If your busy schedule gets the best of you and daily meditation is a goal, get centered with a new yoga mat.

2. Lunch Bunch

Organize your life: Lunch Bunch
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions involves healthy eating. Whether you’re cutting back on caffeine or plan to incorporate more veggies into your diet, having a set meal plan is half the battle. Make the workweek a little healthier (and resist sweet break-room urges) by packing your own lunch. Our Lunch Bunch is the perfect size to fit your portioned meals, water bottle and even an afternoon snack!

3. Agenda

Organize your life: Agenda
In order to stay organized, you need a great planner. Keep track of your important dates, deadlines and social activities in our Agenda. With the date-marking stickers, you’ll never miss a volunteering opportunity or community event again. Not only is our Agenda beautiful on the outside, but also the monthly and weekly spreads will keep you on track all year long.

How are you clearing the clutter in your life this year? Share your tips below in the comments!