Recently my husband and I traveled to England and Wales. I brought my Vera Bradley Viva La Vera Weekender as my carry-on and really loved this bag for its generous pockets and ease of carrying. It kept all my belongings well organized and nicely accessible; with the added plus of being made with cheery patterned, soft but thick quilted fabric reminding me of the comforts of home (think quilted-comforter). I’m also very interested in the Grand Traveler in Folkloric for a short domestic getaway. Other great prints include the Watercolors, Happy Snails, Mocha Rouge, Sittin in a Tree, Deco Daisy, and retired Peacock (which can still be found on e.g. eBay and perhaps other places if you looked hard enough).
I’ve finally changed my mind about Vera Bradley. I didn’t like the brand when there was a craze several+ years ago. I’m normally a big fan of leather designer bags and definitely still am. Recently I spotted the pattern called “Sittin’ in a Tree” and I think it’s cute and has a younger vibe to it. I also like the retired pattern, Americana very much. I bought my mom, as one of her Christmas presents this year, a Poppy Fields Villager (I considered the Pleated tote too but liked the interior pockets of the Villager slightly more). It’s good to finally have a bag that I’m not afraid to use and it’s machine washable (colors have not faded on my totes yet post-wash). I feel a little more connected to my past (to the hot pink, down-to-earth bag which was my first love- the one with generous compartments)… I like the Villager, Pleated, Bowler, Carried Away (this one is humongous) styles. My MIL bought me a Gabby for Christmas and I’m glad she did because I most likely would not have considered this particular style on my own; consequently nor would I have discovered how wonderful it is. My current favorite patterns are Americana, Apple Green, Imperial Toile, Sittin’ in a Tree, Folkloric, Make Me Blush, and Poppy Fields. What are your favorites? I have to know!