A Few More Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Updates

Hey everyone!  Well, I have been keeping an eye out for more news about the 2010 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, and so far, there really hasn't been any announcements.  I'm not very good at waiting, so today I called the company to see if I could get any details...

First, I confirmed that the sale has been pushed back a day.  The new dates for the sale are indeed April 29 - May 1, 2010.

I crossed my fingers and asked if there would be a preview day.  They didn't have one last year, but in previous years, usually the first day of the sale was limited to ticketed customers.  Proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to the Vera Bradley Foundation.  I was hoping that was why they pushed back the date, so that they could use the 28th as a fundraiser for the Foundation.  I did not receive a positive yes or no.  Instead, I was told that it was "not likely".

Finally, I asked about registration requirements.  They do plan to do this again this year, but could not provide any specific details yet.  If I remember right, last year we didn't know about the registration requirements until mid-February, and the actual registration process didn't start taking place until mid-March.

That's all I have for now, but if I find out anything else, I will definitely share it here...

Merry Christmas!

I'm just taking a quick break from all the festivities to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! May you have a safe and happy holiday, and if I don't post again until the new year, have a happy New Year too!

The Vera Bradley Reversible Tote – Two Looks in One!

By now, most of you have probably already seen the Vera Bradley Reversible Tote, new for fall 2009. This bag is absolutely cute, and very versatile too!  In case you haven't had an opportunity to see it yet, here's a picture of one in the pretty Hope Garden print...

Vera Bradley Reversible Tote

I love it when the new patterns arrive at my local Vera store. One of the first things that I like to do is pick up the new purses and take a peek inside to see the liner fabric. I'm wondering - how many of you do this too!? As much as I love the signature patterns, there's been more than once that I liked the interior fabric as much (if not more!) than the exterior fabric. [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Patterns Inspire Handmade Cards

I have talked a little bit here about how I love to scrapbook and make cards, and this morning I came across a challenge on the Split Coast Stampers forum that I had to share with everyone here...

The point of this challenge is that participants have to make handmade cards inspired by Vera Bradley patterns and colors.  Here is just a small sample of the cards submitted to the challenge so far:

Vera Bradley Card

Raspberry Fizz Vera Bradley Card

Mediterranean White Vera Bradley Card

Purple Punch Vera Bradley Card

Beautiful, aren't they!  Can you tell what pattern was used as inspiration for each card? [Read more...]

Get a Vera Bradley Small Tic Tac Tote for Just $19.00!

Do you want to get the Vera Bradley Small Tic Tac Tote at a great price?  For three days only (November 18 - 20, 2009), these cute totes, which normally retail for $55.00, are just $19.00.

Although there is not an outlet sale this fall, these are the types of deals I love to find when I go, so I couldn't help but spread the word about this great bargain (especially so close to Christmas)!  To take advantage of the sale, visit the Tic Tac Tote page on VeraBradley.com.

I just checked what colors are available, and although quantities are limited, here is the selection they had when I checked their website: [Read more...]

It’s That Time of the Year: the 2010 Vera Bradley Planner

I can't get over the fact that I'm already talking about the 2010 Vera Bradley Planner, but time flies, and the new year is really only a couple of months away!  I already have a handful of appointments scheduled for next year, so even though it seems much too early to be talking about this topic, I have to be planning for January 1 and the days that follow.

This year's agenda is 7" x 8½" x 1½" and features a one inch three ring binder design.  The calendar is tab-separated and runs from August 2009 through December 2010 - yep, that means you can starting using it right away, rather than waiting until next year (one more reason to get it now!).  It also includes 164 pages with lists, a movable pocket, bookmark, and sticker sheet.  The 2010 Vera Bradley Planner comes in fall and winter's new signature colors - Pirouette, Carnaby, Blue Rhapsody, Symphony in Hue, Imperial Toile and Paprika. [Read more...]

The Not-So-Spicy Vera Bradley Paprika

There were three new signature fabrics released for winter 2009, and because I have already talked about two of them, I have just one more to discuss - the Vera Bradly Paprika pattern.  Of the three new patterns, I thought this one would be my favorite.  However, as you may already know from reading my earlier posts, Symphony in Hue won out in the end, after seeing the fabrics in person.

I think the name is what first attracted me to this style.  With fair skin and hair, warm, spicy colors tend to dominate the colors I have in my closet.  Based on its name, I assumed that the Vera Bradley Paprika pattern would fit right in.  However, it's a bit brighter than I envisioned, and in the end, I don't think it's the best choice for me.  Luckily, no two people are alike, and I'm sure that this will be a favorite of others who have the complexion to pull off the colors in this pattern. [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Imperial Toile – Surprise, It’s Brown!

Have you seen the Vera Bradley Imperial Toile in person yet?  When pictures of this pattern first surfaced, I thought it was in shades of black and ivory.  I have talked to several others who thought the same thing too, many who were disappointed to learn that the toile pattern had no black at all, but rather dark brown.

I have to admit that I'm torn.  I really liked the idea of the black and ivory mix, just because it would look great with many of the fall and winter clothes I have in my closet.  However, pinks and browns are one of my favorite color combinations too, and this fabric's pink accents are definitely eye catching (and really cute too!).   [Read more...]

Vera Bradley Symphony in Hue – Pictures Don’t Do It Justice!

My first glimpse of the recently released Vera Bradley Symphony in Hue was back in June.  Christmas stockings made from this pattern were passed out at the 2009 Tony Awards.

Based on these pictures, I have to reluctantly admit that I was not initially impressed with this pattern.  However, when in doubt, I have found that sometimes the best thing to do is to wait until I can see it in person.  I have been wanting to make a trip to my local Vera Bradley store to do just that, but since the kids have been back to school, the only time I spend on the road is shuttling them back and forth to school, and my sixth grader to football practices and games. [Read more...]

The Vera Bradley Canvas Collection – Perfect for Fall!

Not long ago, I posted that a new limited edition line was going to be introduced for autumn - the Vera Bradley Canvas Collection. It's now been available for the past couple of weeks in select stores, and for those of you lucky enough to have seen these new bags in person (or to own one), I'm curious to know if you like them as much as I do!

Vera Bradley Canvas

The handbags in this line feature durable, stain-resistant canvas. The creamy, quilted fabric is beautifully accented with rich brown suede details and sturdy webbed straps. They are a little pricier than the signature cotton styles - the Cedar Duffel retails for $165, the Birchwood Backpack for $120, and the Chestnut Tote for $105. [Read more...]