The email introducing Vera’s new summer colors starts with “island time” and for a change, they all speak to me. Did anyone other than gMarie notice that I skipped a season or more of Vera’s colors?
Tutti Frutti might be my favorite swatch, but if you click over and look at the bags, it screams … that green minty dental flouride gritty paste from the late 20th century. (PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who feels that way, or remembers that … mint-colored glop?)
So, while the colors appeal to me greatly up close, I’m pretty sure Tutti Frutti isn’t coming home with me… unless I get an urge to buy something for my darlin’ dentist, or the Knight’s awesome cousin who works for her.
Sun Valley has the precise opposite impact. While the swatch doesn’t do much for me, I don’t mind it on the bags. I think it might really be special – as in, I couldn’t resist it – if the coral was brighter and/or in such a splotch that it didn’t look rather orange instead of coral.
Nautical-preppy-Aztec anyone? It’s an odd combination, but that’s what I feel when I look at it. It’s a little old Cape Cod with its faded red/coral, navy and white, while the geometric pattern reminds me of … well, I don’t even know that it really feels Aztec-ky, but that’s what my fingers and mind typed earlier, so why question it?
Lilli Bell. Why did they smack orange in the middle of an otherwise traditional preppy color scheme? I’m sure they were going for modern and such, but instead… It reminds me very much of an ancient smoke-eater’s wife by the same name. Hem.
The contrasting print, the one right and rear, is pretty awesome though. Too bad Vera stopped doing the plastic-coated Frill line mostly done in those contrasting fabrics…
So that means that last is NOT least, and Marina Paisley is my favorite of this all-in-all solid class of Summer 2013. The white scares me a bit, because I’m not a white-wearer. I have slobbery Sissy. I have sweet Gretchen Greer who likes to “touch” me in greeting, with her paws, with her nose… she just wants to make physical contact. But even without the dogs, I’m a toss my bag wherever kinda’ girl.
The problem is, I need a LIGHT, good-sized bag. That rules leather out. Even my coated canvas tote (I’ve been using it almost exclusively since July if you can believe it) isn’t lightweight. I’d love one of those nylon bags with the leather handles, but I haven’t found the right color at the right price, in the right size.
Do they do anything for you?