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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 1, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, who are you spending it with?! Whether a romantic date night or a Galentine’s night in is more your style, I have created the perfect gift guide to help you shop for whoever your Valentine may be!

for your girls

For the flower lover in your life, shop our new daisy collection.

The daisy collection is perfect for the free spirit who loves to collect flowers and gets excited about the little things in life. She’s the girl who loves small, dainty pieces, and gives off the best kind of energy. If this sounds like your Valentine, then she will fall in love with our daisy charm, daisy ring, and daisy choker!

 

For the adventurer, shop our Sierra collection.

If your Valentine is someone who is always spending her time outdoors, enjoys hiking, and loves to be one with nature and the wildflowers, then the Sierra collection is the perfect gift for her! The Sierra charm will always remind her of her favorite outdoor adventures, and the Sierra necklace and earring set will be her way of staying close to nature when she can’t be outside exploring it.

 

For the ocean lover, shop our wave collection.

Our wave collection is the perfect gift for your bohemian Valentine who spends her days at the beach, in the water and soaking up rays. The wave charms (in gold, silver, rose gold, and black), will show off her personality through the variety of string colors while staying in great condition due to its waterproof design. Help her add to her awesome jewelry collection with our wave charm, and she’ll love bringing a piece of the beach with her anywhere she goes.

 

for your guys

For the city guy, shop our Pura Vida cuffs.

If your Valentine is into trendy pieces and stacking on jewelry, then our Pura Vida cuff is the perfect gift for him! He’s the guy with rad street style and is always keeping up with the latest fashion trends. The simplicity of our PV cuff (in silver, gold, and black) is the perfect touch of jewelry for him without being too distracting. This cuff will be something that he loves and it will become a staple in his wardrobe!

 

For the surfer dude, shop our black wave charm.

Men’s jewelry is becoming more and more popular, which makes our black wave charm perfect for the man you’ll be calling your Valentine! If your guy is always heading to the beach, but also loves to wear simple bracelets, the black wave charm is perfect for him. Pair it with our black flat braided bracelet or our midnight thunder original (or both!) to gift him a stack he’ll love!

 

For everyone

For the charity supporter, shop our charity collection.

Our charity bracelets are the perfect thoughtful gift for those who love to give back. The animal lover in your life will be overjoyed knowing their new bracelet went towards a cause helping marine life (B.E.A.C.H. anklet), and the humanitarian will feel good knowing their bracelet is helping aid in breast cancer prevention (Boarding 4 Breast Cancer) or mental health awareness. Each charity bracelet donates 10% of net profits back to its corresponding charity, so give your Valentine the gift that just keeps giving – they will be thrilled to know they’re supporting a cause they love.

Shop any of the pieces in this gift guide and many others on our website to get the perfect gift for your Valentine! What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Let us know in the comments!

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8 Tips For Self Care

January 28, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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With the holidays long behind us, getting out of that vacay mode and back into a school/work routine can add to some unwanted stress and anxiety. So we encourage you to focus a little more on you (and treat yourself!) because sometimes you just need to be selfish and indulge in some self care. Read on to discover some of our favorite self care tips to help you unwind, relax, and let go of any stress.

 

1. Get Moving!

With that new gym membership you just got for the New Year, reap some benefits other than getting that summer bod! Exercising makes you happy through the release of endorphins, while reducing the likelihood of depression. If the gym isn’t for you, we suggest getting outside and paddle boarding, going on a walk, or going for a scenic bike ride. And for those days when exercising is definitely not happening, have a mini dance party in your room! Invite your friends over, blast your favorite songs, and dance the day away!

 

2. Indulge in Some Scent Therapy

Nothing beats coming home after an exhausting day, lighting a candle, and lying down. Really, is there anything better? Okay, maybe indulging in some ice cream, but scent therapy can have some amazing benefits! Lavender is known for calming the body, reducing stress, and easing that pesky anxiety. You can never go wrong with a stress reducing candle, but we always love a good DIY to mix with our store bought candles! If you’re feeling up for it, try out our lavender and rosemary air-freshener DIY to keep your room smelling fresh and help put your mind at ease.

 

3. Technology Detox

Consider destressing with a little technology detox every day. Now we don’t mean to throw out your phone and give it up completely, but try setting aside 30 minutes right when you wake up, after work, or before bed to enjoy life screen free. You’ll likely find yourself releasing some anxiety; you may even become more productive or find yourself connecting more with others.

 

4. Talk About It!

Sometimes the best way to let out all those anxious feelings is simply by opening up and sharing what’s on your mind. Whether you talk with a good friend, a family member, or join an online support group (like the one on the ADAA’s website), it’s so important to vent about your feelings and release all the stress you’ve been piling up. Don’t think your problems don’t matter. You are important and deserve to be heard, so scream it from the rooftops if you need to! Trust us, you’ll feel a lot better.

 

5. Create an at home Spa Day

When it comes to self care, don’t forget to treat yourself! Because let’s be real, it’s been a long week, you need to destress, and the spa sounds like the perfect solution. The only issue is that spas can be expensive, so here’s our solution: invite your girls over and bring the spa to you! Try out some fun DIYs, like our DIY pore strips or DIY sugar scrub (it smells incredible, you’ll want to use it every day). Make sure to set the mood and create a calming environment with your favorite scent, some relaxing spa music, and let your mind unwind and destress with your new spa DIYs.

 

6. Meditate

One of the simplest things you can do to help yourself reduce stress and anxiety is meditation! We understand how crazy life can get, between balancing work, a social life, and exercising (seriously, there’s not enough hours in the day), but we promise you’ll benefit from taking 10 minutes out of your day just to sit and meditate. We suggest using Headspace, an app built for meditation anytime and anywhere – so feel free to destress in the morning, during work, or even before bed.

 

7. Write it Down

Remember being little and writing down every little thing that happened in your diary? Writing and journaling can be a great way to destress and unwind from an anxiety filled day and allow your mind to ease. Whether serious writing or doodling is your forte, letting your mind wander and getting creative can be a great way to let go of built up stress! Even something as simple as writing down a list of to-dos or writing down things that didn’t completely go wrong during your hectic day can help. Draw, doodle, write a novel. Whatever way your mind sways creatively will be perfect for throwing that anxiety away.

 

8. Try Something New

We get so sucked into routines – wake up, go to work, work out, go to bed – sound familiar? Don’t forget to try something new! There’s something enticing about finding a new hobby, reading a brand new book, or discovering a new trail. Finding something that can break up your normal routine can be a new outlet to relieve your stress from the day and be a great coping mechanism from anxiety. You may meet new people or discover a new skill, so go try something new that will allow you to relax and unwind – you never know what may come from it!

 

 

Regardless of how you choose to practice self care remember to check in with yourself throughout the day and practice the self love you may be needing. Shop our brand new Anxiety Awareness Style Pack (below)! For every purchase, we’ll donate 10% back to the ADAA.

Do you have any other ways you like to destress? Comment your favorite ways to relax and unwind below.

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January Monthly Club Pack

January 24, 2019 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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The ocean inspired January pack is leaving us with allll the heart eyes. We can’t get enough of the blue hues and salty vibes. This stack is getting us that more excited for the sunny summer days. We took a trip down to the shore to catch the sunset and brought our Monthly Club pack with us! We haven’t taken it off yet. If you haven’t signed up to be part of the Club, what are you waiting for?! Sign up on the website today!

Are you more of a sunrise or sunset kinda person?

We love the golden light at this time of day!

Peace out sunshine! See ya in the morn.

How cute is the wave charm?!

Stay golden!

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12 Resolutions for a Green 2019

January 15, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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First thing’s first: Happy 2019, everyone!

While we’ve been super busy thinking about ways to better ourselves in the New Year (surf more! eat better!), we couldn’t forget about our resolutions to make our planet better, too. And just in case that’s on your mind, too, we came up with 12 simple strategies—one for each month—to make 2019 your greenest year yet. You can take our approach and choose one strategy to adopt each month, or go big and bold by starting all 12 ASAP!

 

January: Make your own non-toxic cleaning products

Have a big mess to manage after all the holiday chaos? Kick off the year by making your own non-toxic cleaning products instead of using the standard chemical-filled products. Click here to check out 10 all-natural and effective homemade cleaning solutions.

 

February: Watch your thermostat

In most places across the country, February can be downright chilly. But instead of cranking up the thermostat, try to keep your energy usage (and utility bills) low by only turning on the heat while you’re home. And while you’re at it, forego heat altogether by using your fireplace instead, or toss on an extra layer or two to fight off the cold. After all, what’s more romantic than cozying up by the fire?!

 

March: More veggies, less meat!

A study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that the production, processing and distribution of meat requires huge amounts of pesticides, fertilizer, fuel, feed and water, while also releasing greenhouse gases, manure and a range of toxic chemicals into our air and water. Yuck! That’s why cutting back on your meat consumption goes a long way toward helping the environment. Can’t go vegetarian? Opt for organic, pasture-raised and grass-fed meat and dairy products when possible, or try Meatless Mondays in March as an easy way to make an impact!

 

April: Clear the clutter

’Tis the season for spring cleaning! So this April, go the Marie Kondo route and get rid of excess items in your home and closet that you simply don’t love or use. Adopting a more minimalist lifestyle won’t just help your stress levels; it also reduces the amount of products you use that eventually end up in landfills!

 

May: Walk & bike more, drive less

As the weather starts warming up in May, try walking or biking to work at least once a week to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from your car. It’s not only better for you, but also for the environment!

 

June: Eat local

It’s officially farmer’s market season, and there’s no better place to find delicious and fresh local foods than at your local farmer’s market! You’ll not only help lower transportation emissions (since your food isn’t traveling quite so far), but you’ll also boost your local economy. Total win-win!

 

July: Use reef-friendly sunscreen

Hot July weather = sunshine, beach time and sunburns (bummer!). Although wearing sunscreen is vital for protecting your skin from the dangerous effects of the sun, many sunscreens contain ingredients that are damaging our ocean’s coral reefs. Luckily, there are great, reef-friendly alternatives, like this Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion from Sun Bum.

 

August: Save some water

While we love sunny August days, this time of year can often lead to hot, dry weather in many areas of the country, meaning the chances for a water shortage are much higher. Try your hand at conserving water by taking shorter showers, turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, and always waiting until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwasher.

 

September: Freeze food while it’s in season

As the weather starts to cool down in September, head to your local farmer’s market and stock up on all the fresh, local product while it’s still in season, then freeze it for the winter! New to freezing? No worries! Click here to learn how to properly store and freeze your food!

 

October: Opt for reusable mugs and straws

It’s October (aka pumpkin-everything season)! This year, try bringing your own reusable mug or straw when ordering your favorite drink. We promise your pumpkin spice latte will taste sooo much better knowing you saved another cup from ending up in a landfill!

 

November: Be mindful of food waste

Even though we have a habit of overindulging at Thanksgiving, there’s still a ton of excess food that gets thrown away each year. How much exactly? According to one study, about 204 million pounds of turkey can be thrown away over Thanksgiving. This is not only a huge waste of money, but also a waste of all the natural resources needed to get that turkey to the table. Another study estimates that the amount of discarded turkey requires more than 100 billion gallons of water—enough to supply New York City for 100 days! This year, try to plan your portions and leftovers accordingly to reduce the amount of waste.

 

December: Recycle your cards & wrapping paper

Sure, the holiday season can be hectic, but taking the time to recycle your cards, wrapping paper and Christmas trees can seriously reduce the amount of waste ending up in our landfills. Try purchasing plain wrapping paper instead of anything metallic or glittery so it can be recycled. Better yet, use old newspaper! Same goes for cards: Plain paper cards can easily be recycled, buy the shiny ones on photo paper or versions with metallic embossing have to be thrown away.

 

We love our planet, and are proud to do our part!

Do you have any other green resolutions for this year? If so, comment below! We’d love to hear them!

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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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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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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!