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Monday Mingle: Bright Rio Print

Vera Bradley Rio Collection

To say that the East Coast is growing weary of winter would be the understatement of the century. For most of us, the Polar Vortex maintains a tight grip. But there is a glimpse of hope for things sunny and bright to come on the fashion horizon--the Vera Bradley Rio Collection.

When the Vera Bradley delivery arrived with my doorman in Brooklyn, I couldn’t open the box fast enough. Seeing the gorgeous, beach-ready prints was like taking a mini vacation from the sub-arctic conditions I’ve been dealing with.

You see, I’m a girl that loves color. Yep, I’ve been living in New York City now for more than 15 years, but I simply can’t adhere to the black on black wardrobe that so many women adopt. I need to see pink, yellow, blue, red, and lilac. Living in a world of black and gray is just too dull. Vera Bradley’s accessories can perk up a closet like no other designer.

Getting to play with this collection (and by play I mean dig into my closet to see how I can incorporate this new print) was a blast. Rio is all about celebrating color. This is a bold, vibrant print that demands attention. Adding touches of the new Rio print was the PERFECT way to reinvent things I already own. Here’s how I styled myself for spring.

Warm weather means embracing sheath dresses too. The simplicity of this dress’s timeless silhouette is perfect for women who have a lot on their plates but still want to look stylish. With a sheath dress like the one in the feature, you just slip it on and then focus on accessories. Can you tell I’m a fan of the one-piece dressing concept?

Vera Bradely Wallet

Tucked inside my bag is the slim travel organizer. And the bag is the Resort Clearly Colorful Tote--a tote that is going to be seeing a lot of action this year. Roomy, light and bursting with color, this bag works with all the hues I’m planning to dive into for spring--pink, navy and bright daffodil yellow.

Vera bradley rio tote

White jeans are a wardrobe staple. We’ve all got them--and probably have a pair we feel pretty great in. They are easy to dress up or down. For a casual day of shopping, strolling, and maybe grabbing a bite at a sea-side cafe, I paired my jeans with the oversized Rio scarf. I used my favorite tie--turing the scarf into a chic vest (go here for the video instructions: I added a bright Flap Clutch in yellow faux leather--it’s the perfect size for travel and of course some splashy flip flops in the Rio Squiggle print.

summer scarf from vera bradley
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I used the same white jeans in this outfit but changed up the top. I tossed on a linen jacket with a ombre scarf from the Rio Collection and the ultimate weekend getaway bag. The lightweight bag is a dream for packing. It’s got plenty of space and compartments--I was able to stash everything I needed for a weekend jaunt in the Expandable Travel Bag in Rio.

Vera Bradely Travel Tote
rio weekender bag

The good luck to style this collection early was such a treat. Now I want to know what do you want to add to your closet for spring. Find out more style scoop here's a link to the blog

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