Inside Stitch The official Vera Bradley blog

Gratitude

Today we will gather around the table with our dearest friends and family to give thanks for another wonderful year. We asked what you were grateful for this Thanksgiving and here are some of the things you shared …

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Wishing you and your family
a safe, happy Thanksgiving!

Material Matters – Jewelry

With Winter, we welcomed an exciting assortment of new materials and collections. One of our favorites for the season is the brilliant beads and baubles of the latest jewelry line. We asked the design team to share more on the inspiration behind this collection of essentials, perfect for punctuating your look.

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Inside Stitch: What inspired us to do a jewelry collection?

(Colleen M., Product Designer): The color palettes in our Signature Vera Bradley colors constantly inspire us. Combining them with silver and gold tones creates a style that is totally fresh, yet familiar and classic.

Inside Stitch: Why do you think the jewelry is a great fit for our customer?

Colleen: It’s fun! We wanted to offer styles that were fresh and pretty, but we also made sure that each piece was comfortable to wear. And of course, each style has a pop of color and shine.

Inside Stitch: What do you personally love from the jewelry line?

Colleen: I love the Beaded Duo. I like to stack a few bracelets on each wrist so these are the perfect accessories to help “fill” my arm. Another favorite is the Magnetic Personality Bracelet, which achieves the stacked look all on its own.

Inside Stitch: How do our jewelry styles coordinate with our handbag styles?

Colleen: Sometimes we design using only our favorite pop colors, which, paired with a handbag, coordinates in a smart and subtle way.

Inside Stitch: Where do you see this collection going?

Colleen: The future is so bright! With each new season comes a new variety of patterns and colors to inspire us, and new opportunities to add sparkle and shine. We are endlessly excited to keep designing this collection.

Shop our Jewelry online and in stores.

Nissa carries …

Nissa carries ...

Born and raised in central Florida, Senior Web Designer, Nissa, logs plenty of time commuting to and from the Sunshine State. An integral part of the E-Commerce team, she jet sets to our headquarters in Fort Wayne to art direct email and blog content, and lead and collaborate on creative marketing campaigns. But different states mean different temperatures, a scenario that requires a seasoned packer.

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“The day I fly out, I’ll dress for the colder climate since I tend to get cold in airports anyway. I wear and pack layers so that I can easily adjust according to the temperature, too. Shoes are the tricky part. I always wear the bulkiest pair and, if they have a heel, I’ll pack flats in my carryon.”

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According to Nissa, the key to moving swiftly through the airport is carrying everything on when possible. Once she’s settled in her seat, she passes the time reading, working or catching up on sleep. “I use the Vera because it fits everything I need for the flight and has smaller pockets to keep it all organized. I always have my wallet, a scarf that can double as a blanket, a fully-charged iPad in a Tablet Sleeve with new magazines or a book downloaded on it (actual books/magazines are too bulky), some sort of emergency snack (almonds, etc.) and a back-up charger for my phone.”

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The rest of Nissa’s trip essentials go into her Frame Travel Bag. “I can fill it completely, but still fit it into any overhead bin. I also love having the option of carrying it crossbody or by the handles.” Her style, self-described as “comfortable but still pulled together,” works perfectly with these pieces in versatile Canterberry Cobalt. Traveling is much more enjoyable with the right companions.

 

Setting the holiday table

Deep magenta and winter white play perfectly to set the scene (and the table) for a cold-weather soiree. This modern look begs for any holiday celebration, from Christmas to New Year’s Eve. Just make sure you have Canterberry Magenta on the guest list.

Winter is served …

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Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

For the Hanukkah gathering …

Enjoy your traditional Jewish celebrations with these decorative elements in Canterberry Cobalt. A Coin Purse filled with chocolate coins wrapped in silver makes an adorable gift for your guests.

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

Setting the holiday table

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BONUS! Download the gift tags pictured above
and start setting the tone for your holiday party.

Shop Canterberry Magenta and Canterberry Cobalt
at verabradley.com

Barbara’s Favorites

Our Co-founder, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, is sharing tips and gift ideas that promise to make the holiday season a little more memorable this year. Members of the Vera Bradley family have long admired Barbara’s approach to picking the perfect present and now she’s sending her creative secrets straight to your inbox.

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

Gift tips we love from Barbara

See all of Barbara’s Favorites at verabradley.com

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Pretty. Delicious. [Honey Pear Galette]

Pretty. Delicious.

With warm cinnamon-seasoned pears nestled in a homemade pastry crust drizzled with honey, how could this recipe from our How Sweet It Is collection be anything but amazing? Prepare this impressive treat for your next holiday gathering and end things on a decadent note.

Honey Pear Galette“I love baking, and this particular recipe is an easy one to make in an afternoon. It’s perfect when served warm fresh out of the oven, and I especially love it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.” – Amanda Campbell, Design Associate

Honey Pear Galette

Honey Pear Galette

Ingredients

Pie Crust Dough
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1 cold egg, whisked with enough cold water to make 1/3 cup mixture

Pear Filling
4 or 5 pears, peeled, halved and cored (Anjou or Bartlett)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom (or ½ teaspoon cinnamon with ½ teaspoon nutmeg)
1 ½ tablespoons flour, plus extra for dusting
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons almonds, finely chopped
1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling

Directions

1. For the Pie Crust dough, add flour, salt and butter to the bowl of a food processor fit with a blade attachment. Process until the butter forms into small pea-sized bits. Add ¼ cup of the egg and water mixture. Pulse until the dough starts to pull together, wetting with water as needed if dry.
2. Turn out dough onto floured surface. Pull together and divide into two equal-sized halves, being careful not to over mix or over work, so crust is flakier. Wrap halves individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, but not hard, about 1 hour.
Yields 2 9” pie crusts
(Note: The dough can be frozen for up to one month. Defrost before using.)

3. To make the Galette, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out dough onto a floured surface, forming a 12” circle about 1/2” thick. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Allow to rest in refrigerator.
4. Slice pears ¼” thick. In a large bowl, toss pears with lemon juice, almond extract, spices, flour, sugar and almonds.
5. Arrange fruit mixture in center of the pie crust, leaving a 2” – 3” border. Fold the dough over fruit to form a pleated border. Dot center of fruit with butter and drizzle with honey.
6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until crust turns golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Let cool slightly. Drizzle with honey and serve warm.

Honey Pear Galette

The Download: November

Check out The Download for November, a rundown of the latest in product and color arrivals, and exciting upcoming events and releases.

[This just in]

New Winter colorsWinter approaching. In case you missed it, we shared a special sneak preview of the colors coming in Winter 2013!

Barbara's favoritesGift guidance. Our beloved Co-founder, Barbara, is sharing her favorite gifts to give this holiday season! Watch for her suggestions, coming soon to your inbox and Inside Stitch. Can’t wait? Browse our Gift Ideas.

Pink ElephantsStyle stampede. A popular old friend is new again. We’re excited to announce a limited release of styles in Pink Elephants is set to arrive online and in stores November 21. See the inspiration in pictures now on Pinterest.

cyber mondayIt’s coming. Cyber Monday is just 27 days away and – while we can’t share all our secrets – it’s going to be our best offer yet!

winter colorsPick your polish. Watch for our polish off the look poll for Winter colors. Would you try a tutorial in Canterberry Magenta or Venetian Paisley?

[Catching up]

cookie bars

Color in the kitchen. We celebrated the arrival of new cooking accessories with an installment of our popular blog series, Pretty. Delicious., showcasing a sweet family cookie bar recipe. Whip up a batch now, or pin it for later.

nailsBrushing on the Bittersweet. You voted, and we provided a step-by-step tutorial for beautiful Bittersweet-inspired nail art. See the tips and try mastering this manicure yourself.

Viva la PinkGathering of girlfriends. Every year The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer hosts Viva la Pink, an evening to reflect on our dedication to breast cancer research. See pictures from this year’s event and our extra-special announcement.