Will Vera Bradley Slate Blooms Replace Java Blue?

Have you noticed that the new Vera Bradley Slate Blooms pattern, which was introduced with the fall 2010 styles, has a similar color scheme to Java Blue?  There's been some chatter on Facebook and on other online message boards that this new fabric just might replace the longstanding and much-loved Java Blue.  What do you think?

Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say not just yet!  I wish they didn't have to retire any pattern - although I know it's necessary to make way for the new styles, I really hate to see any of them go.  But fortunately, Java Blue is now available in the newer styles, including the Metropolitan, the Side by Side Tote, the Julia Handbag, and the redesigned Hipster. [Read more...]

The Vera Bradley Barcelona – What Do You Think?

Occasionally, a pattern comes out that I'm not too sure about.  The new Vera Bradley Barcelona pattern, which was released recently with the other fall 2010 introductions, is one such fabric.  When I first saw the sneak peek pics that started making their rounds about the internet earlier in the year, I thought for sure that I would like this pattern.  After all, it appeared to be neutral enough, with its easy to pair color combo of off white and black.

Of course, I was just taking peeks at samples, without seeing the pattern in person, or even on any handbags.  Some lucky people received sneak peek glances at the signature stores earlier in the year, and while they had lots of good things to say about the pattern itself, the verdict was out on the striped trim. [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Very Berry Paisley – The Wait is Over!

We got a sneak peek at the Vera Bradley Very Berry Paisley pattern at the 2010 Tony Awards. I love sneak peeks, but there is just one problem - it makes the wait that much longer! However, there's good news...

As of Thursday, July 8th, the wait is finally over, and this new pattern is now available, along with the other fall 2010 styles.

From eye candy to arm candy, I predict this paisley print will be popular! It's already one of my top favorites of all time, and I have a hard time picking favorites, so that's saying something. However, for me, it was love at first sight. [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Vera Bradley Fall 2010 Patterns

We have to wait just a few more days for the release of the new Vera Bradley fall 2010 patterns. They make their big debut in stores and online on Thursday, July 8th.

Personally, I am really excited about the fall collection. From the sneak peek pics I have seen, I have to say that I adore all four patterns! It's going to be a tough time picking a favorite.

Here's a quick thirty second video that gives you a peek at all four new fall patterns...

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Exclusive Fashion Vault Sale Starts Monday

Hi everyone!  Well, today I am going to go off topic just a bit.  Yep, no Vera Bradley talk from me - can you believe it!  Anyway, I just found out about an exclusive Blowout Sale that starts on Monday (June 28, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, to be exact) from eBay's Fashion Vault.  It will feature designer brands, such as DKNY, Hugo Boss, and Cole Haan, at prices up to 90% off!

The Fashion Vault sale is a little different than your typical bid-and-win auction shopping scenario.  Here are the highlights... [Read more...]

Getting Ready for Summer with Vera Bradley Accessories

Hey everyone!  Has it really been more than a month since I last checked in?  Where does the time go!   Well, now that school is winding down and summer is finally here, I will hopefully check back in a little more often. Speaking of summer, I thought I would take a little time today to talk about some of my favorite summer Vera Bradley accessories...

Flip Flops: I have to admit that I have way too many Vera Bradley flip flops, but I love them all!  With most styles costing under $25.00, I consider them an affordable splurge!

Mini Cooler: Ick!  Have you every taken a swig of water from a bottle that has been sitting in a hot car for a couple of hours?  In my opinion, a Vera Bradley mini cooler is a must for these hot summer months.  When I'm leaving to run errands, I grab not only my water bottle, but an ice pack and my mini cooler as well.

Beach Towels: Much to my kids' dismay (both boys), I have a large collection of Vera Bradley beach towels.  They are nice and thick, and are great for not only drying off after a dip in the pool, but for wrapping around and warming up in when the air gets a little chilly.  Now they just need to make some prints my boys will like.  Do you think I will get anywhere with a suggestion for a Batman print? [Read more...]

Summer 2010 Vera Bradley Patterns Are Here!

Although we just welcomed the first day of spring on Saturday, the new summer 2010 Vera Bradley patterns are now arriving at the stores!  That's not unusual though - retailers always seem to be one season ahead of everyone else, don't they?

Anyway, here in Indiana, summer will not be here until June.  That's when the temperatures are finally warm enough to take a dip in the pool and the kids are happy to be out of school.  Although summer is not officially here, I know more than one person who would have had a hard time waiting until its true arrival on June 21st to get their hands on these new patterns.  There were sneak peeks floating around back in the fall, and once you get a glimpse, it can be difficult to wait!

However, the wait is over, and the new summer 2010 Vera Bradley patterns are starting to arrive in most stores.  As always, I'm having a hard time picking a favorite, so I thought I would see what everyone else is saying, and what better way to do that then with a poll.  So, here goes...

Which Summer Pattern Is Your Favorite?

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Vera Bradley Totally Turq – A Colorful Classic

The Vera Bradley Totally Turq pattern, new for spring 2010, is what I would consider to be a "classic" print.  When I think of all the handbags that this company has released during the years, I usually think of the many eye-catching geometric quilted fabrics featuring paisleys, florals, and medallions.

Totally Turq is yet another one that would fit in this category.  There's no paisley on this print, but there are scrolls and medallions, and if you look closely, you can see a hint of floral on this pretty pattern.

It has an attractive color scheme too.  The background for this print is a soft turquoise.  This particular color is considered to be one of the biggest colors for not only the spring season, but for 2010 as well.  I recently read that Pantone LLC, considered to be the "world-renowned authority on color", named turquoise the 2010 color of the year, and had this to say about it: [Read more...]

The Nature-Inspired Vera Bradley Sittin’ in a Tree

Recently, I did a post about the new spring patterns, including the adorable Vera Bradley Sittin' in a Tree fabric.  Before the summer patterns arrive in the stores (trust me, they will be here before we know it!), I wanted to talk a little more about the spring styles.  To kick off the discussion, I thought I would talk about my favorite of the four new releases - the Sittin' in a Tree pattern.

I always chuckle to myself when I hear others call these granny bags.  Before the spring styles actually hit the stores, there was a lot of "granny bag talk", even from diehard Vera fans.  I think it has to do with the fact that three of the four new spring patterns have vintage roots.

However, that's not the only reason.  I also think some of the preliminary pictures were not the best.  Last summer, Vera Bradley posted sneak peek pictures of Sittin' in a Tree on Flickr.  Here's a link so you know what I'm talking about:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/clubvera/3788375179/in/set-72157621819487995/

When I saw this picture, I have to admit that I didn't like the colors at all.  I know sometimes computer monitors can display differently, but I looked at this picture on about half a dozen different monitors, and to be honest, I did not like what I saw on any of them!  The green and turquoise hues were almost fluorescent and just didn't work well on the brown background.  Fortunately, it was either a bad picture, or the pattern went through some additional modifications before its release, because the style that is now in stores is so much better than those original pics. [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Spring 2010 Collection – Vintage is In!

The new Vera Bradley Spring 2010 collection has been in stores for a couple of weeks now, and I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks of them.   I have talked to a few people who mentioned they did not think they would like them based on pictures they had seen, but after getting a firsthand look, they were smitten!

Vera Bradley Spring 2010 Collection

A few of the new patterns were inspired by vintage fabrics.  I love almost everything vintage, and I think the designers did a great job bringing the past into the present with the Spring 2010 collection.  Although I'm anxiously looking forward to the summer styles, I do love these recent introductions.   [Read more...]