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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!

Got Easter Baskets? We’ll help you fill them up!

Easter is Sunday and there is still time to fill those baskets with fun!

easter basket 16 3A little candy is always a welcome addition to the basket but how about stepping up your game & adding a few things that kids of all ages will love!

First on our list is for the sweet little girl excited to see what the Easter bunny has left in the morning.A sweet little itty bitty. We have several to choose from ranging from princesses to Rainbow Brite but we picked Lambie. We added a lip gloss, bunny tails candy & a sweet Easter card.

 

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And for the little boys looking for the Easter bunny goodies, we have a few options for Easter fun. Again, we started with an itty bitty – from Super Heroes to Star Wars, there is sure to be one he’ll love! We picked a Stormtrooper to add to our basket. We topped it off with one of our World’s Smallest toys that range from Rubik’s cubes to Army men. We added a chocolate bunny and a fun Easter card.

 

easter basket 16 2Now, you may have a young lady who doesn’t exactly still “believe” in the Easter bunny but she’s still thrilled to receive an Easter basket filled with some of her favorite things! We started this basket off with one of our Vera Bradley tumblers with straws. From Vera to Kate Spade to Lillly Pulitzer, you’ll be sure to find a tumbler that fits her style. We added a coin purse from Scout & a Key FOB from Lilly Pulitzer. And of course, we couldn’t forget a sweet treet. A “carrot” filled with jelly beans!

 

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And for your bigger “boys”, we can put together a basket of fun! Bean Boozle is still the favorite game for kids’ of all ages and we have several options. Don’t forget the jelly bean refill pack! We then added some cans of silly string available in glow in the dark or bright vibrant colors. Add a chocolate bunny and you’ve got a basket that any boy will love!

We have lots of great ideas for your Easter baskets so stop by & let us fill your basket full of fun… and lots of love!

 

 

 

 

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!

A Few of Our Favorite Ornaments – Troy edition

We’re getting ready for Ornament Premiere this weekend by sharing our staff’s favorite Keepsake Ornament picks!

We highlighted Cottleville staff’s picks first and now we have the Troy’s staff favorite Ornaments.

ornament 15.troy.oliviaOlivia’s favorite ornament is “Holiday Barbie”. Olivia’s parents purchased several of these ornaments for her when she was a child. She’s glad that Barbie is back in the Hallmark family and is looking forward to starting this new series! (If you’ve been collecting this series. There is a duo Celebration Barbie ornament set enabling you to catch-up on the 2 years you missed!)

ornament 15.troy.kallie“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is Kallie’s favorite ornament this year. Kallie picked this ornament because it reminds her of summer and every year her family goes to the beach. She also loves the song!

ornament 15.troy.eileenEileen chose “The Western Tanager” as her favorite ornament. She thinks the artwork and design are exceptional and the cloisonné workmanship on this ornament is beautiful. She think this ornament could be displayed past the Christmas season.

ornament 15.troy.jennJenn’s favorite Keepsake ornament is “Puppy Love!”. This ornament reminds Jenn of her dog and she says she is EXTREMELY obsessed with her dog. I bet she has a few pictures of her dog that she would love to show you.

ornament 15.troy.joy“The Santa Yoga!” is Joy’s favorite ornament. She thinks this ornament is adorable and Joy is a huge fan of yoga. Can’t you just see Santa doing a few yoga moves once he returns from his Christmas deliveries?

ornament 15.troy.tanyaTanya’s favorite ornament this year is the “Christmas Commemorative”.  This is the third ornament in the series. Tanya loves that this ornament has a traditional look.

Don’t forget that Ornament Premiere is this Saturday & Sunday. You’ll receive 100 Crown Reward bonus points for every ornament you purchase this weekend plus an additional 2,000 Crown Reward bonus points when you purchase 10 or more ornaments.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlus, you’ll receive a FREE Tote bag with your $30 or more Keepsake Ornament purchase. Bring the tote bag back the week of July 20 and receive 20% off everything that will fit inside!

Hope to see you this weekend!

A Few of Our Favorite Ornaments – Cottleville edition

Keepsake Ornament Premiere is this weekend and we have been busy getting ready for the event! The temperatures may be rising outside but inside our front wall is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

All the Keepsake ornaments are beautiful! But Dee, from our staff, thinks everyone needs to come in and see the bright colors of the ornaments in person. She doesn’t think the Dreambook accurately depicts the colors & fun of the Keepsake ornaments.

We wanted to share a few of our Cottleville staff’s favorite ornaments.

ornament 15.cott.teriTeri’s favorite ornament is “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas!” She’s collected all of these and just thinking about this ornament will get her started humming the song!

ornament 15.cott.amanda“In The Great Green Room” is Amanda’s favorite ornament.  And you’ll recognize this scene from the famous children’s book, “Good Night Moon”. Amanda has three children and remembers countless nights rocking them and reading this book. It brings back memories of tiny little faces watching her read this classic story.

ornament 15.cott.maggieMaggie’s favorite ornament is the “Sweet Sisters” ornament. Maggie thinks it’s too cute & she loves her sister! She thinks it would make a great gift to show her sister how much she cares for her!

ornament 15.cott.haleighHaleigh chose “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” as her favorite ornament this year. She thinks this ornament is funny because her stepmom loves 80’s music and is always feeding squirrels in their backyard. There are six girls in her family and they all just want to have fun!

ornament 15.cott.deeDee’s favorite ornament is “Once Upon a Christmas”.  This is the fifth ornament in this series. Dee thinks having this ornament hanging on her tree with Santa talking about his bag full of toys would be a delight for all her grandchildren to hear.

ornament 15.cott.brianna“Ariel’s Thingamabobs” is Bri’s favorite Keepsake ornament. Ariel is Bri’s favorite princess and she loves the song “Part of Your World.” She claims she sings it just like Ariel. So the next time you’re in the store, ask Bri to sing you a couple of lines from the song!

ornament 15.cott.cathyCathy’s favorite ornament is “C-3P0 & R2-D2”. It reminds Cathy of taking her kids to see the first Star Wars movie. She remembers watching their faces in the movie theater as they watched the movie on the big screen especially when they saw Darth Vader – which also happens to be Cathy’s second favorite ornament.

ornament 15.cott.jessicaJessica loves the ornament “Ralphie Cleans Up!”. When Jessica was looking through the Dreambook she stumbled across this ornament and it made her laugh. Her Mom used to give Jessica and her sister soap when they would smart off! She says that now, thankfully, they don’t get soap anymore!

ornament 15.cott.emilyEmily’s favorite ornament is “Santa Yoga”. She can just imagine Santa enjoying some Yoga to unwind from the hectic Christmas season! She thinks this would be a fun ornament for any Christmas tree!

ornament 15.cott.amy“A Day at the Beach” is Amy’s favorite Keepsake ornament. Amy thinks the glass jar with the cork lid looks so beachy and fun. The inscription on the bottle, “My Heart is at the Beach”, describes Amy perfectly so it would be the perfect addition to her family’s Christmas tree.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Saturday & Sunday, you’ll receive a FREE tote with your $30 or more Keepsake ornament purchase. Bring your tote bag back the week of July 20 and receive 20% off everything that will fit in the tote!

Plus, this weekend you’ll receive 100 Crown Reward bonus points for each ornament purchase and an additional 2,000 Crown Reward bonus points for every 10 ornaments you purchase.

What is your favorite Keepsake Ornament this year? Stop by the store and let us know!

 

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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Keepsake Ornaments – Troy’s Staff Favorites!

Last week we highlighted the Cottleville staff favorite Keepsake ornaments. If you missed it, you can read it here . Now we’re going to highlight Troy’s favorite picks!

Amber’s favoornament.amberrite Keepsake ornament is “Time to Fly” because of the quote “the best is yet to come” on the ornament. That’s a saying that Amber often tells herself so even on a bad day she knows the best is yet to be!

 

 

Jennifer loves the “I Melt” ornament becauseornament.jennifer it’s a little country s’more snowman that plays the “I Melt” song by Rascal Flats. This ornament combines all the things that Jennifer loves – Rascal Flatts, s’mores, and country!

 

 

Kallie & Oliviaornament.kallie share the same favorite ornament and it’s sure to be a favorite of many others! They love the Olaf ornament! Kallie loves the movie & Olaf was her favorite character. Olivia loves watching “Frozen” with her niece and thinks this will be a perfect addition to her tree!

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Stephanie’s favorite Keepsake ornament is “I want you to Want Me”. She can’t believe that anyone wouldn’t like a singing chubby elephant in a box! She also likes the Cheap Trick song.

 

 

And, finally, ornament.tanyaTanya’s favorite ornament is the Christmas Commemorative. It’s the second ornament in the series. She likes that it celebrates the year and reminds her of the original Hallmark ornaments.

 

Stop by the store and let us know your favorite Keepsake ornament. If you turn in your Keepsake Ornament wish list in by June 30, you will receive a free tumbler, a coupon for 25% off your next visit and 500 Crown Rewards bonus points!

And don’t forget that Ornament Premiere is July 12 & 13!