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Oh Vera

Sometime around 1998, I was visiting my cousin, Lia, in Atlanta and caught sight of her adorable yellow quilted dufflebag with her monoram. Monogrammed luggage??? My mind reeled. How have I not heard of this before? After a thorough grilling of the origins of this fabulous bag, I came to know (finally) what Vera Bradley was. My little world was rocked.

I decided to go the route of picking a pattern and sticking with it, as opposed to having different pieces in all different patterns. And I discovered Classic Black.

My love of Classic Black was born. Over the next few years, I collected and received as gifts all kinds of beautiful pieces -- duffels, totes, garment bag, wallet, cosmetic cases, you name it. Alas, in true Vera Bradley fashion, patterns are retired after a period of time.

Out of respect for my beloved Classic Black, I only collected pieces from random patterns subsequently. Only recently had Versaille become my new favorite.

Speaking of favorites, there are some beautiful pieces in the summer collection. Here are a few of my new favorites:

** Note: I have not been compensated by Vera Bradley to sing their fabulous praises. I do that voluntarily.

Beach Towel in Ellie Blue - $38

E-Reader Sleeve in Island Blue - $26

Medium Resort Tote in Camellia - $48

Paddleball Set In Summer Cottage - $26

Picnic Blanket in Lime's Up - $60

Sarong in Camellia - $58

So Cool Picnic Tote in Daisy Doodle - $72

Umbrella in Blue Lagoon - Sale $24

Visor in Lime's Up - $26

All of these great items and more can be found at What are your favorites?

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