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How to Host the Perfect ‘Friendsgiving’

November 20, 2019 — by Brenda Anguiano German

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Fall is here and the cooler temperatures, fewer bugs, and colorful scenery make it a great time to gather with your best friends for a fall picnic! A perfect fall picnic comes with great planning, so we put together some tips to make your picnic a success! 

Invite your best friend! A picnic is always better with your closest friends. November is a month of opportunity, so take this time to enjoy some quality time with your besties! Dress up in fall attire, show up, and have fun by taking pictures to later reminisce on!

Pack your favorite foods! Although there isn’t a set rule on what you should bring, make sure that your snacks are easy to transport, can be kept out of the fridge for long periods of time, and are of course delicious! Some of our favorite picks are fruits, muffins, cookies and sandwiches. For beverages, you can keep it simple with icy water, lemonade or a bottle of cider!

Finding the perfect picnic spot! Arrive a couple of minutes before your friends do, so that you can explore the park and find the perfect picnic spot. Alternatively, if the weather is unwilling, you can opt for a park pavilion and still enjoy the great weather that fall has to offer!

Have fun! A picnic is never completely a success unless you have fun! Enjoy this time to laugh, play games, and take tons of pictures to share after the fact – don’t forget to tag us, we’d love to see your fall picnic recreations!

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Travel Experience

September 12, 2019 — by Samantha Paul

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When you travel to a beautiful new place, you become partly responsible for keeping it that way! Vacations and time abroad won’t always be so enjoyable unless we do all we can to help the environment thrive and flourish. Every little bit helps, and we all need to do our part. Although it may seem daunting at first, developing sustainable travel habits may not be as difficult as you think! Take a look at these simple tips or maintaining an environmentally friendly travel routine.

When You’re Packing

If you’re looking to become more sustainable in your everyday life, there are a good deal of options available. However, when it comes to eco-friendly travel, there are a few specific items you really can’t do without. 

Minimize the amount of waste you generate by bringing your own water bottle, metal straw, and shopping bags. When it comes to storing food and snacks, opt for reusable plastic containers instead of plastic zip-lock bags. Also, using only organic hair and skin care products are a must if you’re at all concerned with preserving the natural environment both at home and abroad. New reef-safe sunscreens and organic shampoos are helping to keep harmful chemicals out of our oceans and waterways, while still letting you look your best. 

Also keep in mind that the more you bring, the more you weigh. The more you weigh, the more fuel is required by your car, boat, and/or plane to get you where you’re going. So packing light will help you limit your personal carbon footprint. 

When You’re Booking

There are plenty of brands out there actively donating profits to help the environment. The same is true for the travel industry. Even though it’s well-known that this industry contributes heavily to the earth’s high pollution levels, if you do your research you can find companies devoted to offsetting their environmental impact with sustainable, eco-friendly initiatives. 

Worldwide hotel chain Hyatt has been dedicated tackling environmental issues since 2014. They’ve focused on installing environmentally friendly lighting and water fixtures, reducing food waste, and even updating their construction/renovation policies to ensure their hotels are built with sustainability in mind. In the realm of transportation, you have eco-conscious airlines like United that are working to reduce their carbon emissions while increasing fuel efficiency, and luxury cruise lines like Virgin Voyages incorporating new technologies to turn their waste and wastewater into clean energy and purified water. If you do some research, you can make sure you’re booking with companies that are aligned with your environmental ideals. 

Before You Leave

Your carbon footprint doesn’t only follow you wherever you go, you’re also always leaving a little of it behind. When it comes to travelling, one of the most overlooked sources of unnecessary energy emissions is your own home. 

Lights and electronics that remain plugged in are always using energy, even when they’re turned off. Getting in the habit of unplugging these items before you head out the door will help you save on both energy, and your monthly bills. Similarly, you can waste a ton of energy heating or cooling your home when you’re not there. Remember to turn down your thermostat to a minimal setting before you leave.

When You Get Back
Once you’ve become a devotee of eco-friendly travel, there’s only one other thing you need to do: tell everyone you know! Some people may feel a bit overwhelmed by all the changes necessary to lead  a more sustainable life. They need to know that it’s actually achievable, and you can be the inspiration for them to make the change. People are more likely to believe the word of a person over a brand, so it’s up to us to spread the word on environmentally conscious  travel and help change the world, one person at a time.

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Pura Vida x Surfrider Foundation: Beach Cleanup

June 19, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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In honor of International Surf Day on June 15th, Pura Vida sponsored a beach cleanup at La Jolla Shores with the Surfrider Foundation (and a few other awesome local partners, too!). Check out a quick recap and some of our favorite pics below!

At 9am, we collected our gloves and bags, and set off down the beach to start clearing the area of trash, microplastics, and as many other harmful items as possible. We especially kept an eye out for microplastics, as they can be hard to spot and extremely harmful, since they’re easily mistaken for food and can be ingested by marine life.

Once our bags were full, we returned back to the main area to return the trash so it could be sorted and properly disposed of. Everyone that participated in the cleanup was rewarded with a Surfrider bracelet and some other awesome prizes to thank them for their support!

With a morning of hard work behind us, we began a fun day of yoga, cornhole, surfing, and just enjoyed the gorgeous day at the beach.

While we enjoyed the activities on land, Urban Surf 4 Kids, a local outreach organization that works with orphan youth and foster kids, brought out a group of kids for their first surf session!

We closed out the day with the awesome Surfrider volunteers giving a visual presentation on plastic pollution, and great tips and tricks to refuse or reduce single use plastic.

HUGE thanks to our friends at Surfrider San Diego for putting on such an awesome event, and to our partners at Urban Surf 4 Kids, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Capital One, and more for joining! Together, with the help of the 150+ volunteers, we cleaned up over 100 lbs of trash!

Want to help?

Be sure to follow @puravidaevents to stay in the know about other upcoming charity events, including future beach cleanups! You can also shop our Surfrider Foundation bracelet to show your support. For every purchase, we’ll donate 10% of the net sales back to the Surfrider Foundation to further their efforts in keeping our oceans and coasts clean!

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Pura Vida Grand Opening Party!

June 18, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Last Friday we finally got to show off our amazing new HQ to our family and friends at our Grand Opening house warming party! From the food and the cocktails to a DIY denim bar with our PV pins and patches, check out why this night was one for the books!

Drinks from Snake Oil Cocktail

First of all, we want to give a huge shoutout to Snake Oil Cocktail for creating the most beautiful cocktails for our party! Snake Oil specializes in incredible cocktail graffiti, and our guests were definitely wowed with how amazing these cocktails not only looked, but also how they tasted. We couldn’t have been happier to have them be a part of our big night, and they definitely played a huge role in getting the party started!

Food by Elevation Eating

If there ever was a food spread that radiated Pura Vida’s vibe, this is definitely it. Perla from Elevation Eating couldn’t have showcased Pura Vida better in her amazing spread for our party. It’s safe to say everyone was blown away with how incredible everything tasted on top of the tropical presentation of this spread! There was hummus, jalapeño dip (yum!), caprese bites, fruits, veggies, and everything wholesome and delicious, which was the perfect grab and go bites to have during our party.

Donut Bar

How else would we combat a delicious, healthy spread other than with donuts?! Life’s all about balance, right? When it came to party planning, having a donut bar was #1 on the list, so we had to make it happen, of course. From cinnamon crumb (yes please) to vanilla sprinkle, maple, and chocolate, there was an assortment of melt in your mouth donuts for each one of our guests.

Sample Bar

What kind of party would it be if we didn’t offer goodie bags for our guests? We were thankful enough to have some amazing sponsors who let our guests try out their products, which are some of our favorite things! We had coconut mini melts and lip glossies from Kopari – anything coconut oil is always a must-have. Amavara shared some of their sunscreen, which is a zinc-oxide formula that’s reef safe, free of nasty chemicals found in other sunscreens, and safe for the environment and your body. Coola provided some after sun lotion and face setting spray, both necessities for the summer. GoMacro also provided our guests with mini bars for a quick and easy snack on the go! We also had some hard kombucha from JuneShine (a definite crowd favorite) and easy canned cocktails from CutWater Spirits for everyone to enjoy throughout the night.

Photo Booth From Selfie Station

There’s no better way to remember a night than with photos! We want to give another huge thank you to Lucy with Selfie Station for making that possible for our party. Throughout the night, guests were lining up to take photos at the photo booth, which was able to print out your photos immediately to take home and keep for the memories!

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate!

Overall, it was such an incredible night to share our space with loved ones, and even better to see everyone mingling and enjoying themselves. We are so blessed for everyone who made this night possible, and can’t wait for the next one!

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#momlife

May 10, 2019 — by Cassie Hooper

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We spent some time with our PV moms and asked them some questions about how their wonder women status balancing their work schedules and being role models to their kiddos…and of course their favorite Pura Vida picks!

Sheva – Design Director, Jewelry

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

It’s the most challenging and most rewarding job I’ve ever had! I live for the uncoerced moments of affection—hearing “I love you, mommy” or getting a big bear hug out of the blue. All the temper tantrums are worth it for those moments.

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

To be kind and considerate. Of course, I want my kids to grow up to be ambitious and successful, but nothing is more important than instilling a strong sense of kindness and compassion in them. I want them to be the kids that stand up for the underdogs and always do the right thing, even when it’s not the easy thing.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

Giving back and being charitable. My mom was always donating to charities and sharing what she could with those less fortunate, even when things were tight for our family. She remains the most generous and compassionate person I know. If I can pass on even a fraction of that to my kids, I’ll know I’ve done my job.  

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

My 3 year old recently told me, “Mommy, you make good jewelry!” I’m pretty sure he thinks my job as a designer just involves playing with beads and crystals all day.

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

I focus on quality over quantity. Working full time doesn’t leave too much time to connect with my kiddo during the week, but I make sure I am present when I am with him. That means putting away my phone and giving him my undivided attention, even when somedays that’s only for dinner and bath time.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

The cards—it’s all about the cards! No gift is as good as knowing my kids (and husband!) appreciate all that I do as a mama.

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Love anything with gemstones! My faves right now are the new Triangle Chalcedony Ring and the Chalcedony Charm bracelet. Chalcedony is said to increase optimism and energy, which are two things every mama could use more of!

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/triangle-chalcedony-ring

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/chalcedony-charm-bracelet

GretchenMerchandising & Development Director

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

For me, it’s about learning from my kids. They teach me something every day, whether it be to laugh more, have more patience, be “in the moment” or just slow down. They bring out the best in me (most of the time!).

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

Respect and kindness! I just want to raise thoughtful, caring, loving kids.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

My mom had to work really hard to support my brother and I. She did a lot for us, all on her own. She definitely showed me the importance of working hard for what you want and need in life. I don’t think we should have to work as hard as she did to support us, but I value that she never quit and did what it took.

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

Pretty sure they think I string beads on bracelets and hand-make all the jewelry. That, and “do math” all day long.

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

It ain’t easy! I give 110% at work, but when I’m done, I leave it at work and focus my attention on my kids and hubby. That doesn’t mean I don’t resume working when everyone’s asleep! 🙂 I don’t want my kids to ever think that they aren’t my #1 priority.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

My kiddo’s preschool class made “potted flowers” using their hand prints and filled them with beans. A couple of years after that, the beans ended up dropping all over our back yard…and guess what grew? Beans!

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Do I have to pick just one?! OK, well… I would have to say the Jewelry Monthly Club, because it changes each month and has amazing jewelry pieces!

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/products/pura-vida-jewelry-club

Erin Goodman – Key Accounts Manager

Erin—who’s the sister to PV co-founder Paul Goodman—is one super-busy lady! When she’s not absolutely crushing it in her sales role, she’s taking care of an almost-1 year old (which is a full-time job in itself!). Fortunately, we were lucky enough to get a quick take on her favorite part of #momlife.

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

The best part of being a mom is the unconditional love we have for each other—the excitement on her face every time you enter the room and being able to watch her grow and develop every day.

2. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms in your life?

Definitely the gemstone bracelets! So special and chic.

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/charms

CC – Creative Director

1. What’s the most awesome thing about being a mom?

All the kisses! Air kisses, cheek kisses, nose kisses…you name it. Right now, they come frequently and are often accompanied by unsolicited “Mom, I love you” statements that come so genuinely. I know it won’t last forever, so I’m soaking it all up right now. Oh, and seeing my boys hug, play and take care of each other…I know I did something right to make them actually get along!

2. What’s one thing you want your kids to learn from you?

How to be a good human being who people love and respect.

3. What’s something you learned from your own mom that you want to pass down to your kiddos?

I want my kids to learn about their culture. I’m trying to get my parents to only speak to them in Filipino so that they have some connection to their heritage and, in the long run, have a respect for the diversity in the world. Alas, that’s not working out so well aside from the few silly words I’ve taught my kids, but hey, we’ll keep trying. At least they’ve got the Spanish language dialed in!

4. What do your kids think you do at work?

“Do hard work on a computer…and eat cupcakes…and draw all day!”

5. How do you balance the working-mom life?

Still trying to figure that out… I was taught to work hard, so when I do, I get so zoned in and can see nothing but work. Thank goodness for the kids, as they then remind me to step away from the technology and play with the Legos, draw with them, read them a book or have a snack break (they love veggies—#momwin). But honestly, it takes a village. Much love to the husband, the parents and the friends who are a huge support system so that we can work hard to provide a decent life for our kids.

6. What’s the most epic Mother’s Day gift you’ve ever received?

A little paper mache candle that my oldest son made for me in preschool.

7. Which PV product would you give to all the amazing moms
in your life?

I love fine jewelry, classic silhouettes and tiny details, so I’d have to say:

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/cuffs/products/wave-cuff

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/seed-beads/products/seed-bead-montauk

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/seed-beads/products/gold-chain-seed-bead

https://www.puravidabracelets.com/collections/original/products/solid-coral

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 30, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re still looking for the right gift to get your mom – we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to check out our top picks of *NEW* PV goodies that will make the perfect gift for your mom this year!

FOR THE BANGLE LOVER

Our new Open Stone Cuffs are going to sparkle on the wrists of all the moms out there who can’t get enough of bangles. Whether she loves to stack multiple bracelets at one time, or keeps it simple with one, the stones on these new cuffs will add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Pick out her favorite stone, available in turquoise, moonstone, or chalcedony, and watch her face light up when opening up her gift this year!

Fun fact: Chalcedony promotes good will and absorbs negative energy.

FOR THE MOM WHO LOVES MATCHING SETS

Shop our new mini coin bracelet and necklace for the mom who loves matching her jewelry pieces! These two delicate pieces are available for both gold and silver lovers, and add the perfect touch of sparkle to an every day look.

FOR THE GEM STONE FANATIC

For the mom who loves to wear the traditional Pura Vida style, give her a gift that will add some sparkle and shine to her usual stacks! Our new stone charms, in rose quartz, aqua, chalcedony, or moonstone, are going to spice up any PV collection.

Fun fact: Moonstone carries a highly feminine energy that heals and helps relieve stress.

FOR EVERY MOM

No matter what type of jewelry your mom is into, our dainty Mother’s Day bracelet is the perfect gift to show your mom how much you love her. The simplistic elegance of rose quartz beads with the mini braided string is the perfect combination that can be worn alone or in a stack! Give your mom a gift that’s as beautiful as she is this Mother’s Day that will always remind her of your special bond!

Fun fact: Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love. It opens the heart to all kinds of love and promotes empathy.

Regardless of what style your mom is into, shop our new arrivals to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her this year!

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9 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Everyday Products!

April 17, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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Earth Day is one of our favorite holidays.

No matter where you are, the environment around you is likely looking a little greener (hello, spring!), so what better time to check in with yourself and see how you can make your own life greener, too?!

We selected a few of our favorite strategies to make easy, eco-friendly swaps in your everyday life, and included some of our favorite products that are PV staff tested and approved!

So put on your favorite environmental charity bracelet—like the 1% for the Planet or For the Oceans bracelet—and keep reading to learn more about some of our best sustainable swaps! Plus, comment which environmental charity you’d like to see us partner with next to be entered into a giveaway to win ALL of the products listed!

1) Say no to plastic straws, and bring your own reusable straw instead!

According to one study, the US uses 500 million straws every day! The majority of these straws end up in landfills and in our oceans, where they often are mistaken for food by marine life. We highly recommend purchasing your own reusable straw to take with you when you go out to eat, or even just to use at home or the office! SeaStraws.co offers a great assortment of reusable straw options, including stainless steel, silicone and paper straws.

2) Ditch the plastic wrap in favor of sustainable beeswax wrap!

Leftovers make the best lunch the next day, but it can be challenging to find the right size storage container, and plastic wrap will just end up in a landfill. Using beeswax food storage wraps is a great way to keep your food fresh and secure, and the best part is that they’re reusable! Bee’s Wrap makes one of our favorite food wraps—how cute is this print!? They’re made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, and can easily be washed with cool water and mild dish soap.

3) Bring Your Own Water Bottle!

Refill stations are everywhere now, so it’s never been easier to hydrate on the go! There are tons of reusable water bottles available, in many different materials and sizes depending on your preference. We’re big fans of the Soma water bottles, which are from high-quality, shatter-resistant glass, with an easy grip protective sleeve. Soma is also a certified B Corp and is committed to sustainable business practices, including using post-consumer waste and recyclable materials!

4) Bring the beach to your kitchen with eco-friendly coconut bowls!

A kitchen swap thats cute *and* eco-friendly? Sign us up! We’re all familiar with the many benefits of coconut oil and coconut water, but what happens to the shells that these products are harvested from? Coconut Bowls discovered that 99% of shells are discarded as waste or burned, causing harm to the environment. They prevent this by working with small family farms to collect, clean and craft the shells into eco-friendly bowls. Perfect for acai bowls, right?!

5) Upgrade your beauty routine with organic and eco-friendly skin and hair products!

So many of the beauty products claim to be “natural” and “clean,” and it can be hard to know which products are truly good for you and the environment! We love Captain Blankenship’s collection of products made from organic and domestically grown ingredients whenever possible. They never use synthetic preservatives, parabens or sulfates, and only use recyclable and reusable glass packaging. We recommend the Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray for when you want to look fresh off the beach!

6) Protect your skin with reef safe sun care!

Summer is right around the corner, which means long days at the beach soaking up the sun! There are countless options of sunscreen available that will protect your skin, but some of the ingredients commonly found in many sunscreens—like oxybenzone and octinoxate—can have negative effects on coral reefs. MANDA makes effective (and organic!) sun creams and sun pastes that are not only coral reef safe, but also come in sustainable packaging!

7) Grow Your own herbs!

Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and grow your favorite herbs right at home! The best part is you can grow them right from your kitchen counter – no yard needed. Modern Sprout makes super cute indoor garden kits that you’ll want to display. We love the Garden Jars, which come equipped with everything you’ll need to start growing, just add water and sunshine!

8) BYOM – Bring Your Own Mug!

Our generation is always on the go, and that means we often need our food and drinks to go, too—especially coffee! Those plastic (or plastic-lined) cups our favorite lattes come in may be convenient, but they unfortunately have a big impact on our landfills. To help reduce the amount of cups ending up in our landfills and oceans, just bring your own mug! We love Hydroflask’s 12oz Insulated Coffee Mugs for an easy-to-transport mug that keeps our coffee hot for hours. Oh, and it’s BPA-free, too!

9) Look for clothes made from recycled materials!

Clothes are an essential part of everyday life. And if you’re like many of us, leggings are super essential, too! Girlfriend Collective makes some of our favorite leggings. They’re ultra-comfortable, come in tons of colors and the best part is they’re made from recycled water bottles! Each pair of Girlfriend leggings diverts 25 water bottles from landfills and saves 3.11 gallons of water!

Don’t forget to tell us which environmental charity or non-profit we should partner with below for a chance to win ALL of these amazing items, and a few surprise bracelets!

Giveaway is CLOSED! Thank you all for your amazing suggestions! 

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Pura Vida’s New HQ in La Jolla, CA!

March 19, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Pura Vida’s HQ has moved!

But don’t worry – we’re still in La Jolla! We’ve created a space that’s bigger, better, and the perfect destination for you to visit this summer.

Our brand new headquarters opens up to our new and improved store, where you can shop all of your Pura Vida must-haves, new arrivals, and some unreleased sneak peaks! Not only does the new PV HQ have all the bracelets, jewelry, and clutches that you need, but it’s extremely Insta-worthy due to our incredible Pura Vida mural – designed and painted by our very own graphic designer, Megan Wolfe. Don’t forget to snap a photo and grab yourself an exclusive sticker made of our mural too, which you’ll only find at the Pura Vida HQ!

Step outside of the store and into the work spaces of the creative minds of Pura Vida! You won’t find many concrete walls at the PV HQ – the exterior is strictly windows! Every desk has its own entrance to our wrap around balcony with incredible 180 degree ocean views of La Jolla Cove, Scripps Pier, and Blacks Beach.

Photos from all of our amazing #PuraVidaGoesGlobal adventures taken throughout the years are showcased throughout the office!

In the Pura Vida kitchen, you’ll find kombucha and nitro cold brew on tap to refuel the office during the day. During lunch, the PV team all comes together to hang out in the kitchen and common area to eat lunch, hang out, and challenge one another in a round of ping pong!  We pride ourselves in creating a space where everyone can gather and hang out to take a break from the regular work day.

For anyone having meetings, we have 3 areas for them to use! The Think Tank is our conference room, which is perfect for giving presentations through the TV or bigger meetings. Our 2 quiet rooms are not only beautiful, but well suited for smaller meetings, or when someone from the PV team needs to make a phone call and block out the noise.

Every desk in the office has incredible ocean views, but nothing can top our founders’ offices, with their wrap around sunset viewing and warm ocean breezes.

This is where all the behind the scenes of Pura Vida happens, and we can’t wait to see you here at the new store at our brand new PV HQ!

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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.

Lifestyle

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!