Earlier this summer, we asked two Vera Bradley gals to turn their business trip to the Windy City into a (fashionable) travel log. Given the recent arrival of several outstanding new styles, they were happy to oblige and the result was a firsthand account of how a weekday conference a few cities away can be a commuter’s dream with the right luggage pieces and accessories. Libby, Social Media Coordinator, shares the days’ events.
In June, Web Marketing Coordinator Samantha and I packed our bags and headed north (from Fort Wayne, IN) to catch the train into Chicago. On the agenda: Attend the Internet Retailer conference, the world’s largest e-commerce conference, and of course, take in a few of the sights.
The perfect trip requires the perfect luggage, and trust me, we had that part covered! I packed the bulk of my belongings in a Weekender and 22” Rolling Carry On in Paisley Meets Plaid. On my arm, I kept my laptop in the Laptop Travel Tote (also in Paisley Meets Plaid) and an On the Go in Black (available August 30). The bags were perfect! I had plenty of space for my conference outfits and even managed to throw some workout clothes in there.
While the 22” Rolling Carry On has a special spot in the front for a laptop, I had the Laptop Travel Tote, so I used the padded sleeve for stashing extra Totes instead. Hey, a girl’s gotta have options, right?
As for the Weekender, I am officially a major fan of the trolley sleeve feature. It slides right over the Rolling Carry On handle, and I could easily manage my luggage. As a serial over-packer, I really appreciate being mobile with multiple bags.
Samantha opted for pieces in Indigo Pop and Black, with a burst of color provided by her Va Va Bloom Hipster. Her Carry-On Rolling Satchel in Indigo Pop was lightweight but multi-functioning: “I was able to carry it over my shoulder as a satchel or turn it into rolling luggage with the hidden T-bar trolley,” she said. Her favorite piece was the 22” Spinner in Black (available August 30), because it made getting from train to taxi a breeze! She also joined Team Trolley Sleeve after discovering the joy of simply topping her Roll Along Work Bag (also available August 30) on the 22” Spinner.
Samantha raved about her Hipster: “I never travel without a Hipster! It’s just big enough to hold my phone, a wallet and a bottle of water so that I can stay hands free while I sightsee.”
We were officially packed and ready to hit the road! Or should I say, tracks?
Admittedly nervous about navigating the Chicago highways, we decided to travel by train. The trip from Fort Wayne to Union Station was about 4 hours; time easily passed chatting about our college study abroad adventures (me: Spain, her: Italy) and researching delicious Chicago eateries.
Since the conference didn’t start until the next day, we hit the ground running. First up, a leisurely brunch at Yolk. The weather was perfect; not too chilly, not too hot, with a clear blue sky. We strolled along Lake Michigan, taking in Chicago landmarks like the Shedd Aquarium, Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain and Navy Pier.
It’s no secret that we at Vera Bradley love our sweet treats, so we definitely made time for a trip to Sprinkles Cupcakes. I was infatuated with the red velvet. And finally, no trip to Chicago is complete without pictures in “The Bean” in Millennium Park.
We had a blast in the city (and learned a thing or two at the conference, too). Before we knew it, we were standing next to those familiar prints back at Union Station. Until next time, Chicago!