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Pumpkin Patch

October 30, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Is it actually Fall if you didn’t spend a chilly afternoon at a pumpkin patch picking your favorite ones? This is a tradition a lot of us make sure to check off the list every year. I love browsing through the endless rows looking for the perfect one to take home with me! It really get’s you in the Autumn mood when you grab your group of pals, family members or significant other and spend a day in the pumpkin patch!

Which kind of pumpkin do you usually go for?

Found the most perfect one for carving!

Feelin’ all the Halloween vibes. It’s one of my all time favorite holidays!

Say cheeeeese!

Picked my pumpkins and took some cute pics along the way. Now time to go home, make some hot cocoa and carve them!

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Central Park Picnic

October 9, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Started off the Fall season in the best way we knew how! We took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed off to have lunch in Central Park. It doesn’t get any more picture perfect than this! With all of our favorite snacks present and lots of lemonade, we enjoyed the company of one another! Tons of laughs, polaroids taken, and popcorn fights were had. What better way to spend a cool, crisp afternoon in New York City? I think we all agreed that there truly couldn’t have been a dreamier picnic. It was straight out of a story book! We even had other people stop by to take photos of the beautiful spread!

Time spent with friends is never wasted!

What snacks would you bring to your picnic?

Gotta snap a Polaroid or it didn’t happen. amiright?

Take a look at our spread! Name something prettier. I’ll wait…

These pretzels were HUGE! They were made for sharing. And so are laughs! We encourage you to get outside with your family and friends and enjoy the new season. Happy Fall!

photos: Jeff Isy, Bryce Miller + Chelsey Bishoff

In photos: Chelsey Bishoff, Hailey Miller, Stacie Elmer, Jasmin Manzano, Vanessa Skaggs

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Handcrafted Fall Jewelry

October 7, 2018 — by Jasmin Manzano

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Autumn is here, and so is our amazing fall jewelry!

Our new collection is finally here, featuring a ton of super-cute styles you’re *so* going to be obsessed with.

Even better: Each piece was handcrafted and polished by our amazing artisans in India, and your purchase helps provide them with a steady job and fair wages!

You can shop the whole Fall Jewelry collection here.

Photography: Keerthana Dinesh

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Usage

October 2, 2018 — by Katrina Hart

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In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic affecting the ocean’s ecosystem and its inhabitants, we would love to share some ways to reduce your plastic usage in your everyday life! Feel free to share with your friends and family to reduce the collective carbon footprint!

1. Use reusable shopping bags

2. Give up gum! (It’s made of a synthetic rubber)

3. Bring reusable utensils when you eat out

4. Buy in bulk at the grocery store – nuts, cereal, pasta, etc.

5. Use a reusable or paper straw instead of a plastic one

6. Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable one

7. Use a reusable water bottle instead of disposable plastic ones

8. Avoid products with plastic microbeads in them

9. Bring your own cups to coffee shops

10. Swap out your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one!

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PV Beach Cleanup

September 19, 2018 — by Katrina Hart

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On September 18th 2018, Pura Vida Bracelets employees took to the sand to clean up one of their local breaks. They removed over 50 pounds of trash from the shoreline in Pacific Beach in honor of Coastal Cleanup Day.

PV Employees Anna, Katie, and Sammi found dozens of cigarette butts and removed them from the beach. Cigarette butts are one of the most popular items found in beach cleanups and ‘No-Smoking’ laws are helping with this issue.

PV Employee Vanessa holds a Pura Vida Bracelets flag to let the beach-goers know that PV is serious about their cleanup efforts!

PV Founder & CFO Paul makes sure to leave only his footsteps behind on the sand.

PV Employees Sammi and Katrina pose for a pic showing off their waterproof Pura Vida anklets.

PV Founder Paul and Employee Jared take a break to check the surf for their afternoon sesh.

PV Employees spread out to find micro-plastics amongst the sand.

PV Employees strategize on where to find their next piece of debris.

Teamwork makes the dream work at Pura Vida HQ.

PV employees traveled far down the shoreline to make sure that the whole beach was clean!

Even the first PV baby, Sawyer, participated in the cleanup!

The whole PV team loved getting out of the office for a few hours to help contribute reducing the amount of debris on our local beach. To learn more about how you can help reduce the amount of trash washing up on our shores, please visit the site of the Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawaii.

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3 Beginner Plants You Cannot Kill

August 13, 2018 — by Courtney Steeves

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With dorm season right around the corner, we wanted to share some of our favorite indoor plants with you. These plants are almost impossible to kill, making them perfect for your new space. Let’s get started!


Aloe

Water  – Every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry
Light – Locate in indirect light with medium brightness

JADE

Water  – Keep soil moist but not wet
Light – Locate in direct light

Devil’s Ivy / Epipremnum aureum

Water  – Every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry
Light – Locate in indirect light with medium brightness

What are your favorite indoor plants? Comment below!

 

 

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Farmer’s Market

July 3, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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A favorite summertime tradition of mine is running to my local farmer’s market to pick some fresh fruits and veggies to bake and cook with! It’s something I look forward to every year. As someone who loves the summer heat and all the yummy produce this season provides, what better way to spend my afternoon? Come along while I pick out a few favorites! What is your favorite snack to munch on in the summer?

I can’t resist all the beautiful plants. UGH. Impossible to pick! Do you like gardening?

Fresh cucumbers for my favorite cucumber tomato salad. Get the recipe right here!

Fresh, yummy, sweet peaches. Who else is a fan?!

Do you think I grabbed enough? 😉

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Southwest Beach Blanket

May 31, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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New arrivals say whaaat?! Drooling over our new towel collection. Today, we are highlighting the Southwest Beach blanket– where dessert meets beachy boho. Is there any better combo? We don’t think so! With the pastel corals and blues, it makes for the perfect beach day accessory. Not to mention the spacious size. No need to get all sandy. You’ll fit perfectly on this!

Shop the Southwest Beach Blanket here: https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/southwest-beach-blanket

 

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All about the palm

April 17, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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NEW NEW NEW! Obsessing over all our palm patterned new arrivals! We are totally set for any beach day. With this matching clutch and round towel we couldn’t be anymore excited to hit the dunes and take a dip in the ocean. We’re loving how all our beach accessories fit perfectly in the Palm Clutch. Throw in your tanning lotion, sun screen, snacks, and your sunglasses! Not to mention how nicely the round towel rolls up to make it easily accessible when bringing it back and forth, place to place.

Shop the featured items: Palm Round Beach Towel + Palm Clutch

 

Who wouldn’t want to be seen lounging on the beach with this towel?

The orange tassel attached to the zipper is the perfect detail!

Check out the cacti interior detailing–So cute!!

Could the fringe on this thing get any better? All the heart eyes!

 

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The Perfect Holiday Gift For Your Bestie

December 12, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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Still looking for the perfect holiday gift for your bestie? We have you covered! Get ready to spread cheer in full Pura Vida style!

  1. Start with a Pura Vida bag, clutch, or pouch.

2. Add polaroids of you and your bestie.

3. Add a membership to the Pura Vida Monthly Club.

4. Add a Pura Vida “Best Babes” Set.

5. Add a fun nail polish so your bestie can show off their new Pura Vida bracelets in style.

Who would you give this Pura Vida Besties gift to?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 4, 2017 — by Cassie Hooper

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In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have guest blogger, Michelle Zwirn, here to share her experience. Read her blogpost below.

Ten years ago if someone asked me what my life would look like on the brink of my 27th birthday, my response probably would have gone a little something like this- “well….I will have completed my Master’s and be a successful psychologist with my own practice and be married to Dave Grohl and just starting to raise our first child together by the beach.” I am absolutely positive I am not alone when I say that my life right now looks nothing like I thought it would. Cancer has changed my life in so many ways, I could write an entire saga about it that would go on longer than Grey’s Anatomy has even been on the air. I had this long post typed out about all my treatments, doctors, physical changes, but I feel like that is only a slice of this whole journey/experience/story/(insert pseudonym for “incredibly crappy situation” here). I have fought physical battles in my past and came out on top, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was in for both physically and mentally with a cancer diagnosis, especially one that is considered “incurable” by modern medicine and came out of left field at my age. I am by no means on my death bed, and am certainly not here to scare anyone, but I have learned so much this past year and I feel like the mental perspective in these types of situations isn’t often shared, and if me sharing this opens up just one person’s eyes, then being an open book, for me, is totally worth it.

Sometime in 2014 I noticed a lump in my right breast. I was told by my doctor at the time that it was just some sort of trauma to a ligament brought on by years of exercise and that basically I’m too young for breast cancer. I was either 23 or 24, I don’t even remember exactly. I was told to come back if the lump gets any bigger. In the summer of 2016, I had been traveling nonstop all year for work, when all of the sudden almost half of my right boob was swollen and started to feel like really hard rubber, and stabbing pain was radiating through it, so bad that it was keeping me up at night. I went back to the doctor, which led to an ultrasound, which led to a mammogram, which led to a biopsy, which led to an MRI and PET scan, which led to my diagnosis of estrogen-positive metastatic breast cancer. In those 1 1/2-2 years since I first noticed the lump, it had spread to my lymph nodes, all over my ribs, spine, pelvis, and my liver. I was put on a hormone therapy drug that had just been FDA approved along with 4 painful infusions/shots every month which got rid of 90% of the cancer in my body, even cleared up all my bones, but 9 months later it started growing again on my liver. I was put on another hormone therapy drug that slowed things down but not enough, so I am now onto chemotherapy options. I am lucky in the sense that breast cancer is so common that there are a myriad of treatment options, but there is still no “cure” once it goes to another part of the body and this is the thing too many people don’t realize when breast cancer is glorified with pink tutus and giant pink ribbons on NFL fields.

For some reason in our mid-20’s-30’s us strong, independent women (and some men too!) start putting this pressure on ourselves that we need to fulfill what is expected of us- get married and start having babies. I mean, all of our parents were married and had 2 kids by the time they were our age, so that’s where we should be at too, right? Before I was diagnosed with cancer I had been graduated from college for 4 years and had been working nonstop but also LIVING. IT. UP. in Santa Monica and the South Bay since. I was Tindering and Bumbling and meeting people in bars but couldn’t help but look at my friends who were settled down and having kids and wondering if that would ever be me. Now, freezing my eggs was not even something that was brought up to me before or throughout my treatment until I brought it up myself and looking back, if I had to guess, I would say it was because I wasn’t married or serious with anyone at the time. Instead I was thrown into medically induced menopause overnight and the prospect of me ever having children is looking pretty grim, and if I am able to, I will need a surrogate (any takers?!) .

What I am getting at here is that I wish my friends and other women my age knew how different everyone’s situation is. That married couple that is constantly flooding your social media with happy posts or that person your age with the awesome six-figure job—you have no idea what issues they may actually be facing or what it took for them to get to that point. Trust me it has taken me so much time and practice to come to terms with the fact that my life is SO different than most people my age now, and I still struggle with it. However, I HAVE accepted that these feelings, comparisons, guilt trips, will arise, but I have to dig down to the deepest depths of my soul to not let myself unpack and stay stuck in those moments and thoughts. I have learned to pick my battles and that the phrase “energy flows where attention goes” is my new motto. Do I want to focus on the “friends” who have dropped off the face of the earth, or build on those relationships of those who were there in the waiting room the day I was diagnosed? Am I going to be scared that my life could be cut short or am I going to be stoked that this weekend I get to spend my 27th birthday in the middle of a National Park I’ve never been to with 5 of my best friends when this time last year I didn’t even know if I would be here? Picking your battles has got to be the hardest life lesson for anyone to learn, and I am still working on it every day. I encourage you if you are reading this to start doing the same too. I am going to sound super cliche here, but it’s true, we NEVER know what life is going to throw us out of left field and if you look around there is everything to be grateful for. I personally am grateful to have a caring family, a core group of friends who love me as if I am family, my pups, having my good days, the snow season, the ocean, my home state of CA where we have both those things, music, Dave Chappelle for making me laugh on days I don’t think it is possible, and for making it this far and having hope that I will live a long, happy life.

It has been one year and I still haven’t wrapped my head around it, and I’m not sure if I ever will. I am now on my third gnarly treatment plan after the first two failed, been medically induced into menopause and then had to reverse it, am now on oral chemotherapy that makes me wake up every morning wanting to vomit, BUT I am happy to report that all the while I have traveled to six countries and too many states to count, completed all the large events I was planning before I was diagnosed, was still able to snowboard all winter and still plan on doing the same this winter, continue almost everyday with my yoga practice, and I feel pretty damn good considering all that my body has gone through. I leave you now with a quote that was randomly in my inbox the other day from a yoga studio in Maui, but is oh so fitting:

“My body has taught me I am stronger than I realize And more fragile than I like. I can endure pain with courage And be reduced to tears by a virus. I am marvelous, miraculous, mysterious. My body has it’s own deep intelligence. I carry my memories in my cells. I am constantly being born anew. I hold tight to fear and resistance. I breathe deeply, and let go. My legs will carry me farther than I think I can walk. My heart will keep beating even when it is broken. My mouth will kiss, laugh, drink tea and eat chocolate. My skin will shiver with pleasure. My bones will tell the weather. My feet will find the path. My hands will soothe a crying child. And write a story that will make you cry. And pour you a glass of wine. And brush your hair. And stroke your cheek. And hold your hand. My body will chop wood. And carry water. My body understands the wisdom of rest. The beauty of stillness. The power of touch. The importance of dance. And that there is only this. Here. Now. My body understands joy, delight and play. My body knows what I am hungry for. My body has taught me to pay attention to my desires. To listen to my gut. To trust my appetites. My body has taught me I am human. I am here. I am beautiful. I am powerful. I am brave. I am scared. I am alive. And I am grateful.”

-Marianne Elliott “What my body has taught me”

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Back To School Packing

August 9, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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With September right around the corner, we have decided to pack one of our Pura Vida Clutches with our favorite back to school items! You might recognize some of these items from our back to school DIY posts. If not, be sure to check out those posts to go back to school in full Pura Vida style. Let’s get started!

#1 Pura Vida Clutch


#2 Cute Pencils


#3 Mini Note Pad


#4 Weekday Clothespins 


#5 Pom Pom Paper Clips


#6 Polaroids of Friends


#7 Lip Balm 


#8 Copper Magnetic Letters


#9 Scrunchies


#10 Our Fav Pura Vida Bracelets


What would you pack in your Pura Vida clutch? Comment below!