April 04, 2011

My Vera Bradley Experience
+ A Giveaway


If you know me, you know I don’t love busy prints. I’m ok with stripes or polka dots, but I tend to shy away from big, floral prints. They’re just not me. Up until recently, I didn’t have a single floral item in my closet. Progress has been made because I now own both a floral top and floral dress from Old Navy. I’ve never been a fan of Lilly Pulitzer or Vera Bradley. My bestie… she loves prints. She has printed tops, printed dresses, printed handbags, and various other items in floral and damask prints. (Don’t worry. She doesn’t wear prints from head to toe. Thank God!}

A couple of weeks ago, she mentioned she’d picked up a Vera Bradley case for her Nook. I didn’t love the specific print she chose, but I really envied the case because it was soft, stylish and would protect my Nook if I accidentally dropped it. She promised me they’d have plenty of prints I’d approve of. So, I put my hatred of tacky prints aside and went to the local Vera Bradley store with her on my lunch break.

I immediately liked the store upon entering. It was pretty, organized and the employees were extremely welcoming. Yes, it was a little scary at first. There were prints, prints, prints from one corner of the store to the next without a solid color in sight. I looked at the Nook cases and found a pattern I could live with.


I walked around and realized they had a lot of stuff I liked. I don’t know that I’ll ever carry a gigantic, printed bag, but I could definitely go for some printed accessories. And, that’s exactly what I did. I ended up leaving the Vera Bradley store with not one, but TWO items. I got the Nook case and matching clutch wallet in the fabulous Twirly Birds print.


Today, I’m going to share my newfound love of Vera Bradley with you! I have this clutch wallet to give away in Vera’s lovely Lemon Parfait print.



So, if you’d love to win this pretty little thing, here’s how:

Mandatory Entry:

Visit the Vera Bradley site and tell me what else you love.

Bonus Entries:

Follow Handbags & Handguns via Google Friend Connect.

Like Handbags & Handguns on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

Blog or tweet about it.

Leave a separate comment for each.


The giveaway will be open from now until Friday at 7:00 pm CST.

The winner of the giveaway will be announced Saturday, April 9... MY BIRTHDAY!

This giveaway has now ended.

89 comments:

Amber said...

I ♥ my nook color!!!! I actually just ordered a custom padded, waterproof, minky fabric lined case from etsy otherwise I'd be all over those!!

but the other thing I really really love are they're adorable umbrellas!! the Umbrella in Very Berry Paisley is one that I love! :)

Amber said...

I follow you via GFC

Amber said...

I like you on Facebook :)

Amber said...

I follow you on twitter {@amberella87}

Amber said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/amberella87/statuses/54794004839137280 :)

Inna xoxo said...

Im a follower!
xoxo Inna :)
My Bloggie!

Inna xoxo said...

I am LOVING the Undercover Laptop Skin in Baroque! Adorable!!!!
xoxo Inna

Ashley said...

I'm a follower on google friend connect! of course!

Ashley said...

I also follow on twitter...

Jewels said...

One of my favorite prints is the Bali Gold. I have a good bit of Vera Bradley items and can never have enough. I have fall/spring/summer/and winter patterns. :-)

Ashley said...

and I could totally go for one of those messenger bags for work!

Jewels said...

I just liked you on facebook.

Jewels said...

I already follow you on twitter but I just tweeted about the giveaway! :-)

Inna xoxo said...

I mentioned your giveaway in this post!
http://innasdailyfix.blogspot.com/2011/04/mondaycrappers.html
xoxo Inna :)

Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket} said...

Love the nook cover you picked, the pink is so pretty.

I actually LOVE Vera Bradley, big gaudy prints and all. I have big bags, little bags, duffel bags. But you are right, there are some patterns that are...not so pretty.

I'm loving the new patterns, but I think what I want most is a pair of the flip flops for summer.

Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket} said...

I like you on Facebook!

Caitlin {Pacifier In My Pocket} said...

And I follow you on Twitter.

And when I list all this out like this I sound a little like a stalker. Eh.

Shelly said...

I'll admit it, I LOVE Vera Bradley. I recently bought a tote in a super FLOWERY print. I guess I'm a sucker for cotton totes that can be easily washed and a pop of color.

The item I'm coveting right now is a Large Duffle bag. I could totally pack some stuff away in that and head away for a weekend.

I love the Lemon print too!

Shelly said...

I follow via GFC.

stephanie said...

I'm loving their duffles! Mostly because I've had a VB duffle since high school and it recently suffered a GIANT hole- so it's time for a new one :)

Jana said...

I love their "Ditty" bags. I have been trying to choose what pattern to get!

Jana said...

I follow you via GFC!

Jana said...

I follow you on Twitter - @JantanaMoss

CMH said...

I follow & I love viva la vera in a tote!

Melissa said...

im a follower!

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www.melissa-thatgirl.com

Melissa said...

I like you on fb

melissa.kelly102310@gmail.com

www.melissa-thatgirl.com

Christina said...

I love the Clutch Cosmetic in Sand and Compact Turn Lock Wallet in Red with White Stripe. Plus, that adorable clutch wallet you're giving away!

Christina said...

I like you on facebook.

Christina said...

And I follow you!

Melissa said...

love the viva la vera wallet

melissa.kelly102310@gmail.com

www.melissa-thatgirl.com

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

Count me in!

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

I also follow you on Twitter!

Thanks!

Donna said...

I follow! I love all of their makeup bags and have three. Liking the English Meadow pattern too! Thanks for the giveaway!

Donna said...

Added you to my google reader!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

The clutch wallets are my fav, fav, fav!! They hold so much junk!

Kristi said...

What a great giveaway! I love VB's netbook covers. Twirly birds is one of my favorite patterns!!

Kristi said...

I also follow you on twitter!

Kristi said...

I also follow you on twitter!

SammaMichelle said...

Love me some VB!! My husband says when I pack to go somewhere it looks like VB puked in the trunk! :-)
My current want is that new little tech pocked to hold all the cords and flash drives and what nots and in the Yellow Parfait...to match my laptop case

SammaMichelle said...

I also have you in my google reader!!

Jessa Smith said...

The "Julia" sunglasses are SO cute!

Jessa Smith said...

I'm already a follower of Handbags & Handguns!

Jessa Smith said...

I "Like" on facebook!

Jessa Smith said...

I'm a twitter follower as well!

Jessa Smith said...

I've blogged too! www.jessajill.blogspot.com

Mommy Lisa said...

I love the Imperial Toile print - I have the mailbag in it, but would take a Lisa B! I always liked VB but until recently had not taken the plunge.

Mommy Lisa said...

I follow on GFC

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

HOLY CUTENESS!! For not liking pattern you picked a great one and I love the small prize bag, so cute. I'm smitten with yellow.

In looking at her website I never realized how much Vera had to offer - I am floored by the Jewelry Purse - it's a mini carry one thing to hold your jewelry when you travel. No more tangled necklaces? YES PLEASE!

I also stalk you everywhere - here, facebook, twitter! So clearly I love following you!

Great giveaway girl. *fingers crossed*

mmalavec said...

I love the Vera Versailles Tote! Beautiful

mmalavec@med.umich.edu

mmalavec said...

Follow Handbags & Handguns via Google Friend Connect


mmalavec@med.umich.edu

mmalavec said...

Like Handbags & Handguns on Facebook.

mmalavec said...

Follow you on Twitter

mmalavec said...

http://twitter.com/#!/mmalavec/status/54985805575368705

Tweeted about the giveaway

MiMi said...

I'm really surprised at you, Hotpants!
LOL
I like em though.

Natalie said...

Since I am going to Paris in January, I love the Passport Cover in Night and Day! So cute! :)

Natalie said...

I follow you on gfc :)

Natalie said...

I like you on facebook :)

Natalie said...

I follow you on twitter {nataliesmith82}

Natalie said...

I made a tweet! {nataliesmith82}

tara said...

i love the Twice as Nice Cosmetic Clutch in Folkloric!

tara said...

follow via gfc

tara said...

like on facebook!

tara said...

aaand follow on twitter!

SurferWife said...

I like the lemon parfait tote. Cute!

Great giveaway, Hotpants!

Lacretia said...

I have the wallet in very berry paisley and I LOVE the colors! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lacretia said...

I follow you via GFC!

Lacretia said...

I follow you on Twitter! (@lacretia)

Andrea Nowka said...

I follow you on google rss

Andrea Nowka said...

I follow you on facebook too!

Andrea Nowka said...

I follow you on Twitter, and I love the Deco Daisy Sophie bag ;)

Shelley said...

I love the Vera Bradley duffle bags!

seashell210 at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

I follow via GFC

seashell210 at gmail dot com

Shelley said...

I follow you on twitter @charmedlifeblog

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Nicole Elizabeth said...

I like the convertible mini hipster bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

nquirico(at)hotmail.com

Nicole Elizabeth said...

I follow you via google friend connect.

nquirico(at)hotmail.com

Nicole Elizabeth said...

I follow you on twitter @nicoleq73

nquirico(at)hotmail.com

Karen Peterson said...

Vera Bradley is awesome. I totally dig that clutch wallet!

Something else I love is that tech pocket in boysenberry.

Karen Peterson said...

And I'm following you.

Karen Peterson said...

On facebook too.

Karen Peterson said...

And Twitter.

Shelley said...

I included your giveaway in my latest blog post:
http://boutiqueofluck.blogspot.com/2011/04/lucky-roundup-for-47.html

seashell210 at gmail dot com

kolpin said...

i like the sophie purse
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kolpin said...

gfc follower kolpin
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kolpin said...

twitter follower kolpin4680
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Krista said...

Holy crap! FINE! Have a giveaway when I'm on vacation and not checking my blogs!! DAMN! I need my Iphone NOW!! Thank GOD I decided to check to see what you've been up to while I've been away! I want a little Vera in my life too! Bummed they don't have Pad holders yet, but I do like the all-in-one carrier in Folkloric, or whatever it's called. Super cute! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (have to do it early because I'll be in the car ALL DAY tomorrow and won't have the chance!)

Krista said...

I follow on GFC

Krista said...

I like you H & H facebook page

Krista said...

I follow you on twitter, but you already know that

Krista said...

tweeted @krilper