Stephanie Dawn Factory Outlet Sale

Do I have any Stephanie Dawn handbag fans here? If so, I just wanted to let you know that their fourth annual factory outlet sale will be taking place soon - it is scheduled Thursday, August 2nd, through Saturday, August 4th, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. I plan to go to the sale, which will be in Van Wert, Ohio, although I am not sure yet what day I'm attending.

You can get more details and updates at my new site, The Quilted Bag. Here's a link to my first post about the sale:

2012 Turn the Town Pink Events

Tomorrow, Friday, May 11, 2012, downtown Fort Wayne will literally turn pink, as the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer kicks off its annual "Turn the Town Pink" fundraising campaign.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at One Summit Square Plaza. However, if you can't make it to the kick-off celebration, but live in or near Fort Wayne, try to carve out some time this month to take a walk through the downtown area. Pink ribbons bearing the names of those affected by breast cancer will be hung on countless trees. It's a touching and beautiful reminder of the women and their families who have battled this disease. You can also show your support of this event by wearing pink tomorrow.

The Vera Bradley Foundation has several activities planned in the coming weeks as part of their "Turn the Town Pink" event, including the following: [Read more...]

New Vera Bradley iPod App

The other day I saw a Facebook post on Vera Bradley's wall about their new iPod catalog app:

Looking to do some holiday shopping tonight? We're excited to launch our new iPad catalog app, available now in the iTunes App Store!

Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Vera Bradley iCatalog on the App Store. Download Vera Bradley iCatalog and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Well, I don't have an iPad, but I do have the iPhone. Being the fan that I am, I immediately hopped on my phone and did a search in the app store for the new Vera Bradley app.  Unfortunately, nothing came back! [Read more...]

The Vera Bradley Good Book Cover is Back!

The Vera Bradley Good Book Cover was retired a few years ago, despite being a very popular item.  However, there is good news for those who missed it - it's back!  According to the description on the Vera Bradley website, this zip around case can be used to "tote your favorite classic or the latest bestseller". Unfortunately, the description left out the only "Good Book" I had in mind - the Bible!

The dimensions of this cover are 10-1/4" x 7-1/2" x 2".  It sounded as if it may be big enough, but I had to pull out my ruler and make sure.  The dimensions of my Bible are 9-1/2" x 7" x 1-3/4".  I think it will fit! [Read more...]

Higher Vera Bradley Prices Starting in July

I hate to be the one to bring bad news, but starting in July 2011, prices on all Vera Bradley products are set to rise five percent.  According to the Fort Wayne News Sentinel, "company executives said they plan a 5 percent increase in prices with the fall collection, which will be released July 7."  According to the article, "older patterns will be 'retagged' at that time, too, in line with the price increase."  Here is a link to the full article:

Although the company's net revenues were up in the first quarter, its net income was down, due to an increase in the amount of income tax it paid ($200,000 this quarter last year compared to $7.5 million this year - ouch!).  I am no tax expert, but I can't help to wonder if all this has something to do with the company recently taking its stock public.   [Read more...]

Outlet Sale Giveaway #2: A Vera Bradley Mailbag

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway for the Vera Bradley Mailbag! Comments are now closed, and the winner has been selected.

I have another giveaway for all of you!  This time it's a Vera Bradley Mailbag in Hello Dahlia.  The Mailbag retails for $68.00, but I got it for $35.99 at the outlet sale (almost half off!).

This style is one of my favorites (I know, I say that about all of them, don't I!).  The front flap has a long zippered pocket and stays closed with magnets.  Under the flap, there's another zippered pocket.  Open it up to find slip pockets and four credit card sized slots.  The interior compartment has a zipper closure and three more slip pockets.  The strap is adjustable. Here is a picture...

This bag is roomy and the interior compartment is deep. It can be used for many versatile purposes.  If I return to the outlet sale this weekend, I plan to pick up a few more of this style for my nieces - I think these make the perfect book bags for school.  It could also be used as a tote for netbooks or smaller laptops, or even as a compact diaper bag.

Anyway, I think I have rambled on long enough!  You probably want to know how to enter to win it, don't you?  Here are the rules: [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Yoga Mat Giveaway!

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway for the Vera Bradley Yoga Mat!  A winner has been selected, and the comments are now closed.

I purchased several things at the Outlet Sale today for giveaways here over the next few days.  The first item I have is a Vera Bradley Yoga Mat in Night and Day.   The yoga mat normally retails for $48.00, but I was able to purchase it at the sale today for $18.99.  Awesome deal, huh!  As much as I want to keep it (and I really do!), it belongs to one of you.

The yoga mat case has a pocket for your water bottle, and there's a slot at the bottom to place your I.D.  The strap is adjustable, and the top has a drawstring closure.  Here's a picture of the mat and case:

It's easy to enter the giveaway.  Here are the rules... [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Spring 2011 Styles Arriving in Stores Tomorrow!

Here in Indiana, snow is still flying.  However, things are going to start heating up soon, with the arrival of the new Vera Bradley Spring 2011 styles in stores tomorrow!

The four new signature spring patterns are colorful and fun, sure to chase away the winter blues.



Lemon Parfait

Blue Lagoon

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Get Ready for the Vera Bradley Winter 2010 Patterns

The Vera Bradley winter 2010 patterns will be arriving in stores later this month - September 23rd to be exact!

UPDATE ON SEPTEMBER 24th: Well, they are now available!  My, how time flies, doesn't it?  I'm hoping to get a look at the new patterns in person soon, and as soon as I do, I will post my thoughts here.  In the meantime, make sure you check out the Vera Bradley patterns page, where you can shop for these colors, as well as the older styles.

Now, to get back on track, the new colors are...




Twirly Bird Navy

Twirly Bird Pink

Here is also a link to a YouTube video I came across that shows not only the patterns, but the interior lining fabrics as well:

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Vera Bradley Hello Dahlia: Thoughts of Autumn

The Vera Bradley Hello Dahlia print is perhaps the prettiest pattern of the fall 2010 season!

I'm a midwestern girl through and through, and that's probably why autumn is my favorite season.  It will be here before we know it, won't it?  In addition to the colors of the changing leaves, the hand-carved pumpkins, and the corn stalks wrapped around light posts, I have a special place in my heart for the mums and dahlias that start filling up the flower beds starting in late summer.

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