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Six Ways to Wear the Carson Shoulder Bag

All season you’ve heard us rave about this fall’s IT bag — the Carson Shoulder Bag. In a trendy, but timeless saddlebag silhouette, the Carson is so versatile that we believe there is an option to fit any woman’s style and personality. Offered in 15 different options across six fabrications, three quilting styles and multiple price-points, it’s not hard to see why. We decided to put this to the test. Six bloggers with different styles, backgrounds, careers and personalities each test-drove their favorite Carson Shoulder Bag before its official release. We wanted to know if this truly was the universal IT bag all women needed (spoiler alert: it definitely is). Time for their final review — see how each blogger styled the Carson for autumn and what features made them fall in love with fall’s IT bag.

Brooke

Blog: KBStyled
Job: VP, Corporate Recruiting
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Favorite bag: Suede in Bittersweet Chocolate

Carson Shoulder Bag

Carson Shoulder Bag

“As an on the go mom of two, I need a bag that is not only chic but also practical, functional and allows me to be hands-free. I also need to be able to keep everything organized in a way that keeps the essentials easily accessible. I absolutely love the Carson because it can be worn as a shoulder bag or a crossbody. I also love all of the slip pockets — especially the one in the back, which gives me easy access to my phone. It can be worn for so many occasions — I carry mine in the daytime, with casual eveningwear, weekends with my family and for travel!”

Lauren

Blog: Lauren Elyce
Job: Full-time Blogger and Owner of a digital marketing consulting firm
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite bag: Waxed Cotton in Cactus Green

Carson Shoulder Bag

Carson Shoulder Bag

“I’m always on the go, so when it comes to finding the perfect handbag, I need something that can hold #allthethings and still look cute with my #ootd! I need a versatile bag that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Naturally, the Carson Shoulder Bag has been my go-to for travel days. It can hold all of my must-haves as well as my camera, charging cords, passport and of course, my snacks! My favorite feature is definitely the wide, adjustable strap. I can wear it as a messenger or tighten it as a classic shoulder bag.”

Katie

Blog: Little Black Blog
Job: Publicist
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite bag: Denim Navy

Carson Shoulder Bag

Carson Shoulder Bag

“Working in a big city, I take public transit — so it’s important I have a bag that’s both functional holding my essentials (with a zip closure) and fashionable to wear all season long. The best feature is definitely the charger pocket! Whether I’m posting to my Instagram Stories or updating a client’s social platforms for work, there’s no doubt my phone battery drains throughout the day. Having a spot in my bag specifically for the charger has been a lifesaver! I also love that I can transition the Carson after work to be my happy hour sidekick.”

Sarah

Blog: Stylish, Sassy & Classy
Job: Merchandise Assistant
Location: Lexington, North Carolina
Favorite bag: Microfiber in Charcoal

“I typically look for a handbag that works for my everyday life and easily goes with most of my looks. Neutral colors are great for investment bags because they can go with everything. I love how versatile the strap is on the Carson Shoulder Bag — you can carry it on your shoulder or as a crossbody! It’s my staple everyday bag — I take it to work, carry it on the weekends and bring it for my travels.”

Nicole

Blog: Cedar & Rush
Job: Social Media and Marketing Consultant
Location: Elmhurst, Illinois
Favorite bag: Cotton in Houndstooth Tweed

Carson Shoulder Bag

Carson Shoulder Bag

“The three things I look for in a handbag are a bold print, functionality and longevity. I believe in investing in high-quality brands so you can carry your handbags for several seasons or even years. On my Carson Shoulder Bag, the front pockets are where it’s at! They’re the perfect place for stashing your phone and items you reach for constantly. This bag is perfect for everyday occasions — date night, brunching with girlfriends and running errands. In the fall, I wear a neutral palette, so this Houndstooth Tweed adds a little pizazz to my outfit!”

Sabrina

Blog: Simply Sabrina
Job: Full-time Blogger and Editor at Simply Sabrina
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite bag: Leather in Bittersweet Chocolate

Carson Shoulder Bag

Carson Shoulder Bag

“For me, it’s all about the material. Having a high-quality fabric ensures the bag lasts through the season and as a staple year-round. I always gravitate toward neutral colors and love Bittersweet Chocolate.  One of my favorite things about the Carson is that it’s perfect for everyday use. I take it with me to work as well as on date nights with my hubby! I love the outside pocket — I’m constantly losing my phone, so being able to slip it in the front pocket for quick access is a game changer.”

Which Carson is your favorite? Share below in the comments and start shopping now

Spirit Style: Game Day Outfit Inspiration

Whether you’re a sports fanatic or just go for the tailgating treats, everyone loves football season. There’s nothing like watching your team claim victory while cheering in the stands (or from the comfort of your couch) with your squad. If you have season tickets, you have a lot of games — and pictures — ahead of you. Mix up your spirit style (and keep that selfie-game strong) with these game day outfit ideas that aren’t your typical tee-and-leggings combo.

1. Casual + Cozy

gameday style with Vera Bradley
If you’re planning to stake out the stadium at 6 am, you’ll want to be in something you’ll be comfortable in for 12+ hours. There are few things cozier than your trusty flannel shirt. Choose one in your school colors (to match your handy Front Zip Wristlet) and pair it back to your favorite pair of jeans and ankle boots for that effortlessly put together look.

2. All Layered Up

gameday style with Vera Bradley
Night games can get chilly, so you better be prepared. We recommend wearing a cozy sweater (in your team color, obvi) and bringing a denim jacket to layer over when the sun goes down. Our new Belt Bag can hold your essentials while being worn around your waist, so you don’t have to fuss with a shoulder bag in a big crowd. That’s right — no more headaches on game day!

3. Sporty Chic

gameday style with Vera Bradley
Whether you live in a warmer locale or are still feeling that summer heat, you may want to skip the layers for the first few games of the year. A sporty t-shirt dress is a perfect option for standing the sun all afternoon, with the stretchy knit fabric being incredibly comfortable (double win)! Slip into your favorite sneakers and grab your Triple Zip Hipster for a busy day on your feet. This style will keep you hands-free (so you can hold all of the snacks) and even has a secret slip pocket in the back just for your phone!

Whatever your game day style is, give your team some love!
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Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion

As much as we love the bright, cheery hues of summer, we’re excited that autumn is finally here. From the fashion to the food (hello, pumpkin everything), there is a lot to be excited about in the fall. As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change, we transition our wardrobes with layers and jewel tones. Our newest pattern will fit right in with your cable-knit cardigan and ankle booties, in a rich purple palette your closet is craving. Arriving online and in stores on Thursday, September 28, Lilac Medallions is a lace-inspired geometric pattern comprised of velvety purples and crystalline blue accents. This pretty pattern will be at home in your wardrobe year-round, transitioning effortlessly from season to season.

Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion
Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion
Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion
Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion

Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion

Sneak Peek: Lilac Medallion
The beauty of a purple pattern is how well it coordinates with all of your fall pieces. We love pairing Lilac Medallion with neutral solids and pops of magenta to really bring out the rich hues of the pattern. Go with a statement sweater (we love this ruffle-sleeved one from J.Crew, your best-fitting jeans and those ankle booties you’ve been dying to wear. The Hadley Satchel is perfect for your busy autumn weekends, keeping you hands-free so you can carry that PSL with ease. Top it off with bold earrings and a Wild Berry wallet as your subtle color pops. You’re definitely ready for fall now.

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

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

Shop the entire collection when it arrives,
online and in stores, on Thursday, September 28!

The Dos and Don’ts of Fall Style

There are so many things to love about fall from the changing colors to the delicious comfort food. It’s hard to pinpoint just one reason we love fall, but the fashion definitely tops our list. From cozy accessories in bold patterns to the range of footwear choices, the options in autumn are endless with so many trends begging to be tried out. If you’re at a loss of where to even start with your fall wardrobe this year, we’re here to help. We want you to feel confident in our favorite season, so we’re sharing our top fall styling dos and don’ts to get you there.

do's and dont's of fall style
do's and dont's of fall style
do's and dont's of fall style
do's and dont's of fall style
do's and dont's of fall style
do's and dont's of fall style
do's and dont's of fall style

What are your top fall style tips? Share in the comments below!

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Define the Design: Midtown Collection

September is finally here, so we’re officially in the autumn mindset. From pumpkin-flavored everything to weekend tailgating, we love everything about fall — particularly the wardrobe. One of our favorite fall trends is athleisure, a mix of sporty and casual styles. It’s been huge the past few years and isn’t going anywhere. So whether you go for leggings and a hoodie or joggers with a denim jacket, dig out your favorite athletic styles to get ready for the season.

define the design: Midtown

In the spirit of this modern trend, our newest collection takes you from work to workout. Inspired by our Preppy Poly and Streeterville Collections, our Midtown Collection features versatile designs that are both modern and timeless. In a water-repellent fabric, these styles are clean, commuter-friendly and lightweight for girls on the go. Wondering if this collection is for you? Assistant Designer Molly gave us the scoop on the inspiration behind the Midtown Collection and who she sees carrying it this fall.

Inspiration

“We wanted this collection to be something she would want to carry to work or school that was casual, easy to wear, professional and modern in both fabric and silhouette.”

define the design: Midtown

Athleisure’s Finest

“The bags are made with a water-resistant finish, similar to fabrics you would see in a sports bag or athletic jacket, playing into the athleisure trend. Some also feature a heathered webbing on the underside of the straps that reminds me of the striping down the sides of athletic pants.”

define the design: Midtown

Adjectives

“Casual, professional, comfortable”

In the Details

“We took the batting we use to quilt with and put it under the exterior fabric of these bags, so they feel soft and casual. Another neat feature is that all of the bags come with a lock and key to keep your bags safe while doubling as a decorative bag charm.”

define the design: Midtown

define the design: Midtown

Fit For

“Midtown is made for the girl on the girl, whether she is going from work to the gym or the grocery store. This collection was designed to fit every aspect of her life!”

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Monthly Edit: September

Although autumn isn’t officially here yet (we’re impatiently counting down until September 22), we can’t shake the fall mindset that September brings. Between Labor Day weekend, the kickoff of football season and all of the apple picking, there is a lot to be excited about this month. Don’t get lost in the shuffle! Jot down these five dates to remember in September, so you never miss a beat.

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What is your favorite part of September? Share with us below in the comments!

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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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