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It’s Back to School with Vera Bradley!

The number one back to school essential is the backpack!  And Vera Bradley backpacks have great organization inside with a stylish fun pattern on the outside. What backpack is right for you?

Let’s look at some of the top selling backpacks!

vera backpack 17 2Campus Tech Backpack – this backpack has some great  updates including a new laptop compartment to store your electronics, a trolley sleeve for easier carrying over rolling luggage and even more pockets than before! There are pockets throughout this backpack for every essential that you want to organize inside.

vera backpack 17 3Lighten Up Grande Backpack – this backpack also features a padded laptop compartment and trolley sleeve. It has the added benefit of a chest strap to help even out the weight of the backpack. The material of this backpack is lightweight and water-resistant. Perfect for carrying your heavy loads back and forth to school!

vera backpack 17 1Drawstring Backpack – this backpack is laptop friendly enabling you to slide your electronic device right inside the bag. It has a ton of pockets with a drawstring at the top that gives you more room when you need it and allows you to cinch it on days when your load is lighter. The Drawstring Backpack is available in both the quilted material and the lighten-up material that is water resistant. It would be a great backpack to take back and forth to the gym!

vera agenda 2017 lilacWe also have all your back-to-school essentials to keep you organized and on track this school year. The Vera Bradley agenda is always popular and available in two formats – an agenda and student agenda. The 17-month agenda features monthly and weekly spreads, laminated tabs, stickers and room for notes. You’ll also find inspiring pops of color throughout.

vera lunch bunch nomadic floralAdd color when you have to “brown bag” it with your lunch. Vera Bradley lunch totes fit most frozen meals and have a plastic liner for easy clean-up.  The ID window helps set your bag apart from the rest. You’ll never go back to a boring lunch bag again!

We can check off many of the items on your back-to-school list with Vera Bradley binders, file folders, gel pens, pencil cases, ID holders and lanyards! Stop by and let us help you get ready for school… in color!

A Few of our Favorite Things…

Christmas is at the end of the week! Can you believe it’s almost here? Why does the month of December move faster than any other month on the calendar?

If you still need to finish off your Christmas shopping list, stop by and take the Christine’s Christmas Challenge – we’ll help you find a gift for everyone on your list!

Here are a few of our favorite things in the store right now…

emily leg.pineappleEmily Ley Planner. Getting yourself organized is a great way to start out the new year! Emily Ley is a popular lifestyle blogger & she believes that the easiest way to simplify your life is by writing it all down – your schedule, your “to do” list, dinner schedule, short-term goals, long-tern goals and even your hopes and dreams. This planner has plenty of room to capture all of these things!

vera preppy poly finalVera Bradley Preppy Poly. Preppy Poly is a new nylon fabrication introduced by Vera Bradley. Available in black, red and toast this lightweight bag is also water-resistant. It has all the organization of Vera Bradley’s original bags but with a sleek updated look that will go with any outfit!

corkcicle 2Corkcicle Canteens & Tumblers. These triple insulated stainless steel cups will keep your drinks warm or cold longer than it will take you to consume your beverage! It even passes the “summer car test” – a cold drink will still be cold after sitting in your car all day on a hot summer day. Available in canteen or travel mug style and a variety of sizes and colors. It soon will be your favorite “go-to” cup.

hallmark adult coloring bookAdult Coloring Books. Yes, it’s a trend but sometimes there is a reason for an item becoming a trend. This is not your kids’ coloring books. These books have intricate designs that will help take the edge off any stressed adult. The finished product will even be frame-worthy! A variety of designs are available.

Hope you’ll stop by and let us know what your new favorite thing is in our store!

Your Daily Calendar – Paper or Tech?

A new trend in the agenda market is really an old one. The resurgence of the paper agenda to keep your daily schedule is making a huge comeback!

Even though every smartphone has a calendar that you can easily access and there are numerous apps out there to help schedule your family activities, many still choose to use the old fashion way of keeping track of their daily calendar – pen and paper.

vera agenda 2Some studies show that the act of writing helps you remember things better. Some feel being able to “see” the calendar in front of them helps to better visualize & remember their schedule. Finding an agenda with a pretty layout makes the activity of “writing it all down” even more pleasing!

Using different colored pens for each family member or “type” of activity on your calendar also helps to better visualize and keep track of all your family members or the many activities your trying to juggle. Washi tape, stickers and sticvera gel pensky notes can help track important activities.

A paper agenda can also be used as a journal to document an important milestone; a funny memory of one of your kids; or your goals & dreams for the upcoming year. Looking through an old agenda is always a good reminder of how far you have come!

So, what’s the best paper agenda? There are so many to choose from that there isn’t one choice that will fit everyone’s needs. Lucky for you we carry a variety of agendas!

Emily Ley creemily ley agendaated a planner to organize her hectic life. She thinks the easiest way to simplify your life is to take pen to paper and have a plan! Her wide open pages enable you to track many activities, family members, dinner planning and your weekly to do list!

 

Vera Bradley offers a variety of agendas in differevera agenda 1nt patterns, sizes and styles. Fun quotes and pictures are sprinkled throughout to keep you smiling your entire week! Vera Bradley’s pretty patterns keep the pages looking beautiful while you fill it up with all of your activities.

lilly agenda 16One of our most popular agendas is from Lilly Pulitzer. Her iconic patterns grace the cover and pages of these agendas but there is still plenty of room to keep track of your daily schedule. And Lilly has every size agenda to fit your need! You can purchase Lilly agendas on our website here.

 

happy everything agenda 2016 1The newest addition to our agenda collection is the Happy Everything agenda. This agenda wants to sprinkle a little happy into every week with inspiring quotes, colorful graphics and plenty of space to track your weekly to do list along with your everyday appointments. The Happy Everything agenda can be purchased here.

The year is winding down and it’s time to start thinking about getting organized for 2016! If you haven’t tried a paper agenda, maybe it’s time to start a new habit. We’re happy to help you find the perfect agenda to keep your daily life organized and productive!

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Back to School with Vera Bradley!

It’s back to school time! And our experts are here to help you plan all your back to school essentials!

emily collageEmily will be leaving in August to start her freshmen year in college! She’s heading to school with a Lighten-Up Expandable Travel Bag in Rio Stripes because it’s waterproof & a Pixie Blooms Large Duffle because it’s a BIG bag! She will store her make-up, jewelry, watches & flair accessories in her Classic Black Hanging Organizer. Heading off to her 7:30 am class will require coffee in her Midnight Paisley Travel Tumbler & she’ll use it to keep her hydrated the rest of the day. And speaking of class, her Katalina Pink Agenda will keep her organized along with her Study Buddy in Katalina Pink. She’ll tote her laptop in a Katalina Pink Laptop Case ensuring it stays safe. She plans on using a Classic Black Lanyard to hold her dorm room keys & she’s anticipating the October release of the Campus Double ID in Concerto to hold her student ID & driver’s license.

brianna collageBrianna is a college student on the go & commutes to campus. Since she carries all her supplies for a full day of class, she uses the Lighten Up Large Backpack in Sierra. She loves that it is spacious & lightweight! She always has her Katalina Blues umbrella handy because she never knows when she’ll get caught in a rain storm. She considers the Student Agenda in Parisian Paisley a necessity for keeping all her classes straight! She doesn’t like to carry a backpack & a purse, so uses the All In One Crossbody in Classic Black to hold all her personal essentials.

Maggie is in high school and she is super organized so she has a long back to school list! She carries all her school supplies in a Parisian Paisley Vera. She loves all the pockets & that she can throw it over her shoulder & be ready to go! Maggie likes the Classic Black Zipmaggie collage ID & Lanyard to carry her ID & keys. Inside her Vera, you’ll find a Parisian Paisley Pencil Pouch for her pencils & small supplies; a Study Buddy in Katalina Pink to help study anatomy; and an Eyeglass Case in Katalina Pink Diamonds to protect her glasses. Her back to school essentials include the Katalina Pink Mini Notebook with Pocket, Parisian Paisley Mechanical Pencil Set and Dual Tip Highlighters. She would be no where without her Parisian Paisley Student Agenda (at least nowhere on time)! She doesn’t want another cracked phone screen so she protects her phone with a Snap-on Phone Case in Rio. She loves the new style of the Lighten Up Lunch Cooler in Katalina Pink & stays hydrated all day with her Parisian Paisley Travel Tumbler. And if she ever gets caught in the rain, her go-to is the Pixie Blooms Bubble Umbrella!

haleigh collageHaleigh is also a high school student and her favorite bag to tote all her back to school essentials is the Vera in Classic Black. She loves all the inside pockets to help organize her school supplies. Haleigh loves the cool color tones of Katalina Blues and will use the Katalina Blues Agenda & Click Pens to keep her schedule organized. She holds her keys on a Katalina Blues lanyard and loves that the pattern sticks out inside her bag making them always easy to find!

 

Samantha is in middle school and she’s going to be prepared when she starts the eighth grade! She’ll tote all her supplies in a Katalina Pink Diamonds backpack with a Katalina Pink luggage tag attached.  samantha collageIn her backpack, you’ll find a Katalina Pink Mini Notebook with Pockets and a Katalina Pink Pencil Pouch carrying her Dual Tip Highlighters, Katalina Pink Click Pens & Mechanical Pencils. She’s going to use a Katalina Pink Student Agenda to write down her assignments and a Study Buddy in Katalina Pink to make flash cards. When she brings her lunch to school, she’ll tote it in a Pixie Blooms Lunch Bunch & when she buys, she’ll carry her lunch money in a Katalina Pink Coin Purse. She’ll use a Katalina Pink Diamonds Loop Keychain to carry her house keys and a Pixie Blooms Lanyard to hold her ID. She’s protecting her glasses with a Katalina Pink Eyeglass Case; her iPad with a Pixie Confetti Tablet Sleeve; and her iphone with a Pixie Blooms Snap-on Case.  And when those rainy days crop up, she’ll use her Katalina Pink Umbrella!

lilly collageLilly is in grade school & headed to first grade. Lilly holds a special place in our heart because she is our niece. After many years of boys in the family, we’re glad to finally have a girl heading to school who loves to carry Vera Bradley! Lilly is carrying all her school supplies in a Katalina Pink Ultimate Backpack. The smaller backpack size is perfect for the little ones headed to school. She will “take” her lunch to school in a Katalina Pink Diamonds Lunch Bunch.

Good luck to everyone headed back to school. Stop by the store and let us help you find the perfect essentials to start your school year off on the right foot!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! It’s a great reminder to take a moment to thank Mom, Grandmas, Aunts & any other great women in your life!

Of course, you should start with a card! Writing a simple message about  your favorite thing about her or your favorite thing to do with her will be incredibly special. We often don’t stop & say thank you for the little things and sometimes the BIG things these special women do to make our lives better.

And don’t forget a gift! Our store is full of great gift items! These are just a few of our favorite things…

Vera Bradley is still one of our best selling handbags! Why? Because it’s desmom's day.vera scarfigned by a woman & she understands organization! It’s full of pockets to hold everything & it’s lightweight so when you load up all your “essentials”, it’s not too heavy to carry. Don’t worry if that special someone doesn’t like colorful patterns, we have beautiful Vera bags in classic black & navy! This week, you’ll also receive a Vera fringe scarf with your $100 or more Vera purchase.

A little pamperiCrabtree Evelyn Hand Therapyng goes a long way! Our shea butter socks help soothe the feet especially after a day of wearing flip flops. Pair the socks with Crabtree Hand Therapy or our Glowology body line!

Sometimes the day gets a bit stressful and a gSavino 2lass of wine is a great way to finish off the day.  Our “Mom” wine glass or a 4-pack of chalkboard wine glasses would be the perfect gift for any wine lover.  A great addition to the wine glasses is the Savino wine saver – this carafe will keep an open bottle of wine fresh for a week! She can sip on her favorite bottle of wine all week & it will still taste great!

Every womanmom's day.chavez for charity loves a little bit of bling! Our Crown Collection jewelry has beautiful necklaces, bracelets & earrings. We also just received beautiful watch sets for the woman who always wants to be on time. And the stone bracelet trend is huge! You can choose from lots of pretty colors. Or if you want the bracelet to have a little “meaning”, check out our Chavez for Charity bracelets. Each bracelet signifies a special charity & a donation is made to that charity with every bracelet purchase!

These are just a few of our favorite things for Mom! Stop by this weekend and we’ll help you put together the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Easter Basket Time!

easter bunny finalAre you still trying to hunt for Easter basket items? We can help you fill those Easter baskets. From sweet treats to neat gifts, we have great items for kids of all ages!

For the little ones… The Littlest Bunny in St. Louis is a seaster itty finalweet book customized to our hometown. And speaking of our hometown, Good Night St. Louis is also a sweet story to put in a little one’s basket. Our itty bittys are a BIG hit for girls and boys featuring Princesses & Super Heroes. And until Easter, all itty bittys are buy one, get one 50% off!

easter scout finalFor the older girls’ baskets, we have cute coin purseaster lilly keychaines & mini wallets from Scout & Vera Bradley that would brighten anyone’s basket. For your girl on the move, one of Lilly Pulitzer’s new keychains is a must for her Easter basket. Our Lilly Pulitzer & Vera Bradley insulated tumblers filled with candy would make a great gift also!

easter world smallest etchFor the young gentleman on your list, we are featuring soeaster cubeezme of the World’s Smallest toys including Army Men, Rubik’s cube, and Etch-a-Sketch. Our Missouri home t-shirts would be a great addition to the basket and they truly are one of the softest t-shirts! Or fill up one of our Cubeez with candy or cash and any kid would be happy!

easter dish finalHeaded to someone’s house for Easter brunch or dinner? We have the perfect hostess gifts! Receive a free bag of jelly beans when you purchase our cute bunny dish. Or one of our Nora Fleming plates with an Easter attachment would make a perfect gift and the platter can be used all year!easter nora final

Stop by and we would be happy to help you with all of your Easter gift giving needs!

Please note that we want our staff to enjoy the holiday with family & friends so we’ll be closed on Easter Sunday.

Look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Summer Vera Bradley now at Christine’s Hallmark!

New Vera Bradley patterns are always a breath of fresh air when they arrive! The Vera cabinets get a thorough cleaning and rework. And new color is added to freshen things up.

Vera introduced two new primary patterns in their summer collection – Marrakesh and Pixie Blooms.

Marrakesh evovera marrakeshkes an exotic Moroccan city with its cool tile motifs in midnight navy, light blue and dark turquoise accented with orange, gold and white. It features a lining with a geometric arrangement of spades in blue-green, white, dark turquoise and orange on a navy background.

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Pixie Blooms is a more bohemian print featuring uncomplicated flowers in shades of warm red, fuchsia and coral. It features a lining with “confetti” dots in red, gray, hot coral, pinks and apricot on a black background.

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The most exciting news from this launch is the introduction of Classic Navy in Vera microfiber handbags and accessories. This pattern is being launched exclusively at independent gift stores. Navy has been a hot color for spring fashion so we’re thrilled to add this to our collection!

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So far, these patterns have been neck and neck in popularity! And Lucky You continues to be a strong selling pattern. I don’t think folks can resist the crispy navy and kelly green featured in this pattern.

 

Stop by and let us know what your new favorite pattern is from the launch. Or maybe your favorite will remain one of the older patterns. Look forward to seeing you soon!

Girls Night Out at the Cottleville store!

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What’s our cure to the January winter blues? A Girls’ Night out at our Cottleville store! We always enjoy planning these events for our customers! And a fun evening is always had by all!

 

 

We had two special guecott girls final 3sts at this event. Tammy from the Hallmark Crown Collection stopped by to help our customers pick the perfect accessory! The Crown Collection is a beautiful jewelry line exclusive to Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The jewelry is inspired from the Hallmark art archives – one of the largest privately held collections in the country. All the jewelry is nickel, lead free and hypoallergenic. Now through Valentine’s Day, receive a free heart keychain with any purchase from the Crown Collection!

Also joining the festivities was Nanccott girls final 2y from Simply Stated. She creates beautiful custom home décor items – perfect for a wedding or baby gift… or just a little something to add to your own home. She can add a monogram, name or any type of personalization to a variety of home décor items. To see the many options, visit her at Simply Stated website.

We had lots of fun food samples for everyone to taste. Some of our favcott girls final 4orite dips from Wind & Willow and a new food item for our store – Raven’s Jalapeno Raspberry jam. Perfect with cream cheese and your favorite crackers! A girls’ night wouldn’t be complete without a little wine! Everyone was treated to a wine glass with a chalkboard base which enables you to mark the glass as “yours”.  No one is sipping from your wine glass!

 

Of course, we had to give out a fewcott girls final 5 gifts! Congratulations to our winners! Donna Schraer & Melissa Gill each won a necklace and earring set from the Crown jewelry collection. Jane Ryberg won the Glowolgy gift set in the Love scent. And Jan Sova won a Vera tote in the pattern of her choice.

No one left empty handed! In addition to the chalkboard wine glass, everyone went home with a goodie bag full of some of our favorite things!

Thanks to everyone who came out! We had a great time and can’t wait to plan our next Girls’ Night Out!girls night out

 

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Backpack 101 – Your Guide to Vera Bradley Backpacks!

It’s back to school time! And one essential for the school days ahead is a backpack. We’re walking through all the Vera backpacks so you can choose the right one for you!

But first, our models! Lilly is starting kindergarten, Megan is entering 5th grade, Hannah will be starting high school and Brianna is in her second year of college. Not only are they going to model the backpacks but you can find out which one they’re taking back to school.

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The Ultimate Backpack is great for the younger crowd (or it could be used as a handbag).  The main compartment is large enough to fit folders and it has a handy zippered back compartment. There’s even a spot to slide a tablet behind the front pocket. The Ultimate backpack measures in at 11 1/2″ x 14 3/4″ x 5 1/2″.

 

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The Tech Backpack is a great choice for those taking a computer back and forth to campus. It has an easy access padded laptop compartment and features two front zippered compartments, one perfect for a tablet. The Tech backpack measures in at 11 3/4″ x 16″ x 6 1/2″.

 

backpack campus finalThe Campus Backpack is ideal for the student toting a lot of books. It has an extra-large interior with plenty of room. There’s a headphone grommet, plenty of inside organization and an ID window. Padded straps and back provide extra comfort.  The Campus Backpack measures in at 12″ x 16″ x 16 1/2″.

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And finally, the Lighten Up Backpack is perfect for those carrying an extra heavy load.  This backpack is constructed of durable, lightweight, water-resistant polyester. This lighter material equals less weight. It has two roomy compartments and a front zip-down pocket with organization and an ID window. It also features padded straps and back. The Lighten Up Backpack measures in at 12 3/4″ x 17″ x 7 1/2″.

 

So, what did our models pick for their back to school essentials?

 

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Lilly is starting kindergarten and the Ultimate Backpack was the perfect fit. Large enough to hold her folders but not too bulky for her little body. Lilly choose her backpack in Flutterby as she loves butterflies. She was also wild for the leopard print Lighten Up Lunch Mate. The perfect “brown bag” for her lunch.

 

 

 

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Megan is entering the fifth grade and she chose the Campus Backpack as her back-to-school bag! Her backpack is in Blue Bayou. She wanted a lunch tote and choose the Lighten Up Lunch Mate in African Violet.  It coordinates perfectly with all the blues in her Blue Bayou Campus Backpack.

 

 

 

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Hannah is starting high school this year. Freshmen year is full of new experiences and she’ll be ready with her Campus Backpack.  She says she’s not a “girly girl” and is drawn to Canterberry Cobalt. She wants to stay organized so she would add the Student Agenda in Ziggy Zinnia to her back-to-school essentials list.

 

 

 

Brianna is starting her sebackpack bri choice finalcond year at the community college and you may also recognize her as one of the friendly sales associates at our Cottleville store. She has worked for us since she was in high school.  She wants to keep her load as light as possible so she chose the Lighten Up Backpack in African Violet. And Brianna is always organized so she paired it with a Student Agenda also in African Violet.

 

What’s the right backpack for your student? Come in and let us help you find the perfect fit. And the good news is from July 31 through August 3, all of our Vera Bradley backpacks our 25% off.

Happy shopping!