Thursday, February 28, 2013

OhMyVera's Third Blogiversary

We are celebrating OhMyVera's third blogiversary today!  Three years ago today I decided that I was going to write a blog.  The blog post wasn't very exciting...I pretty just declared that I was going to start writing a blog about Vera Bradley.  The next day I got started and wrote a post about the first time I saw a Vera Bradley bag.  You can see that post by clicking here.  I probably say this every year, but I never would have guessed that I would still be writing this blog today.  I really enjoy being able to connect with other Vera Bradley fans whether that is here on the blog, through social media like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or even in person when we run into each other at a store. 

To celebrate I am giving away a Medium Cosmetic in Heather (a Fall 2013 color) and a Vera Bradley journal that was made in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Vera Bradley's birthday. 

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ebates Mommy Madness Has Arrived!

Ebates Mommy Madness has arrived and it has a lot of great deals for women, not just Moms! Check out the offer from Ebags, they have double cash back and free shipping on their entire selection of Vera Bradley!  Just remember to start your shopping at Ebates.  If you haven't signed up it is easy and you will get a $10 gift card just for signing up!

Sephora - Now 8.0% Cash Back - Up to 50% off Skincare Value Sets
Lands' End - Now 6.0% Cash Back - Buy 3 or more, Save $3 each on regularly priced Easter Totes with Free shipping on $50+ order. Code: Treasure. Pin: 1926

Carters - Now 5.0% Cash Back - Up to 50% off Baby Sale

Kohl's - Now 6.0% Cash Back - 60-80% off Gold Star Clearance

eBags - Now 12.0% Cash Back - Free shipping on entire selection of Vera Bradley
Nordstrom - Now 5.0% Cash Back - Shoe Clearance - 33% or more off with Free shipping and Returns

Last Call - Now 5.0% Cash Back - Free shipping on $75+ order. Code LCFEB75 - Now 12.0% Cash Back - Up to 20% off Starbucks Coffee, Including K-Cups and VIA

Vitacost - Now 12.0% Cash Back – Save up to 63% off Vitamins and Supplements

Walmart - Now 2.0% Cash Back - Free shipping with Site-to-Store in Baby at

philosophy - Now 5.0% Cash Back - 25% off $50 or more at philosophy. Code 25off

Eddie Bauer – Now 6.0% Cash Back - Save Up to 70% off Clearance Items

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Vera Bradley Accordion Wallet in English Rose

I love big wallets that will hold more than I should probably be carrying.  My first Vera Bradley wallet was a Turnlock Wallet in Cupcakes Green.  I had that wallet FOREVER. By forever, I mean two years.  Then I decided that I needed to try the Accordion Wallet because I had heard really good things about it.  I bought one off a friend who decided it wasn't for her and I have used it ever sense...probably about a year.  It is starting to wear out, so I decided it was time to get another wallet.  I had bought a Va Va Bloom Turnlock Wallet a couple months ago, but decided that I wanted to stick with the Accordion Wallet, so I exchanged in last week when I was at the Vera Bradley store.  They were out of English Rose, so they were able to order it and have it mailed to me.  It arrived last week and now I am just waiting for my current wallet to wear out a little more before I move all my stuff into this one. I thought I would share some photos before I fill it up. 

 You can't help buy smile when you open a Vera Bradley box, they are so bright and fun when you open them up!  on the right you can see all the compartments of the Accordion Wallet, there are three main sections. 

 This first side hold six cards, has a larger slip in pocket that is behind the credit card slots and the other side of it has a clear window to hold your ID. 

The divider for these sections has the coin purse.  

 The other side of the wallet has six credit card spots and behind that there are two slip in parts that are as deep as the wallet, so you could maybe hide a folded up $20 bill in there to discover on some rainy day.  

It opens up nice and wide so you can see everything inside. 

Just wanted to show off the print on each side!  I love this print more and more!

What is your favorite Vera Bradley wallet? 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vera Bradley Best Friends Event

Sunday morning I was lucky enough to get to go to one of the local Vera Bradley stores for a Best Friends event.  The store opened at 9:30am so that we could shop before the mall opened at 11:00am. It was so nice to just have a small group of us in the store.  

The ladies at the Tysons store are always so delightful, I really enjoy shopping there.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful.  It is always a great experience!

After taking a bunch of photos at the new Towson store, I realized I should take more photos of the Tysons Corner Center store.  

 Blue door and sign, with wallpaper inside to coordinate!

 Two displays in the store. 

 Me, Lisa and Emilee.  I was carrying my Two Way Tote in English Rose, but you can't see it in this photo.  It was great to be able to shop all morning and catch up with each other!

I guess I never noticed it before, but this store has a polka dot ottoman just like the one at Towson! The red room in the entry way to the store and the other photo is a desk display with lots of stationary items. 

 They had croissants with butter and jelly out for us and water bottles in Jazzy Blooms. 

 Here is the painting behind the register and the seating area. 

 While most of the new sales items were all in one section of the store, some were still mixed into the regular displays and had these cute tags to let you know they were part of the Spring Sale. 

We each received a gift bag for $25 off our purchase of $75 or more...I'll show you what I bought next...and a nail file in the shape of sunglasses and a tape measure.  Also for the very first time I won one of the giveaways!  They had us all enter to win one of the two Plum Crazy Totes they were giving away and I won!  I was pretty excited to win!  I don't have a bag in Plum Crazy yet, so I can't wait to use my new tote! 

I just picked up a few things.  I was excited to get another Two Way Tote and I picked up the last one the store had in stock of Jazzy Blooms!  I am loving this print and was happy to be able to take this one home with me.  I also bought a set of hair ties in Plum Crazy and the new Large Market Tote which comes in Midnight Blues.  It came in handy when I got home and needed to carry everything inside from the car.  I could really load it up with a lot of stuff! 

 My day didnt stop there.  I had heard the Vera Bradley Outlet was having a sale for 40% off everything, so I gave them a call to confirm and then decided to drive the extra 30 minutes to get there.  I just picked up a few stationary items and luggage tags for myself.  I also picked up a couple small gifts for a few friends.  Plus it was a pretty nice day outside, so it was nice to shop around at the outdoor outlet mall.  

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Vera Bradley Store at Towson Town Center

 The newest Vera Bradley store opened on Friday, February 15 in Towson Maryland!  On the following Saturday I was at another Vera Bradley store checking out the preview items and asked the sales ladies how far it would be to go to Towson.  They said about 30 minutes and since I was already about an hour from home I decided to take the extra drive to go check it out. 

I really enjoyed seeing the new store.  I talked to a couple of the sales ladies.  One moved from another Vera Bradley store and one was new to Vera Bradley.  Both were delightful and seemed excited to be at the new store. 

It is a beautiful store, check out my photos below.  

Store front includes a hanging sign and I have only seen the hanging sign at one other store in Roseville, CA. 

Welcome sign letting everyone passing by know this is the newest Vera Bradley store! 

I loved this multi colored polka dot ottoman!

This made me smile, two gentleman reading in the sitting area, patiently waiting for their wives.  

They were giving away a Bowler and wallet to celebrate the store opening

Of course there were cookies and water :)  This couch looked so comfortable and it is a different style than I have seen in other stores.  All of the furniture was beautiful. 

 All Vera Bradley stores have a larger piece of art behind the register by Ira Yeager.  This one looks a little different from others, but I would assume it is still by Ira Yeager.  

Mailbags hung up with ribbons, even more colorful!

I loved this shelf off to the side of the register.  

Every store has this photo of Vera Bradley on a dresser near the entrance.  Along with their guest book. Oh and that is me in the mirror!

A sign in the mall announcing that Vera Bradley is now open! 
To celebrate the new store all of the Maryland stores in the area were giving out a $20 off a future $20 purchase coupon with any $75 or more purchase. 

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Vera Bradley Baby Line - March 14

Vera Bradley's Baby line is arriving March 14th!  Here is a cute ad from Parents magazine (March issue).  Vera Bradley has also posted a few items on their Pinterest page:

And here is a previous post with some of the baby line:

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Vera Bradley Fall 2013 In-Store Preview Photos!

On February 15, 2013 Vera Bradley started their in store preview of the Fall 2013 colors at select Vera Bradley stores.  I was able to go and pick up some totes to get photos of all 6 new colors! 
Sidenote: Check back at the end of February...I'll be celebrating OhMyVera's 3rd blogiversary with a giveaway!

This Fall there will be two releases, plus a release for the campus items.
June 27: Campus release
July 9: First Fall release - Lola, Cocoa Moss, Heather
July 18: Bedding
TBD: Second Fall release - La Neon Rose, Bittersweet, Olivia Pink

Colors from left to right: 
La Neon Rose, Bittersweet, Olivia Pink, Lola, Cocoa Moss & Heather

Check out the video for more photos including the inside prints! 
Which colors are you looking forward to for the Fall? 

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