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Coffee Bath

January 11, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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Need a quick way to warm up and reenergize during these cold months? We have just the thing. A Coffee Bath! Coffee Baths are nourishing for dry skin and they smell AMAZING. Take some time to pamper yourself. You deserve it!

What You’ll Need:
1) Coffee scrub (Make one yourself or use a pre-made one. We used frank body.)
2) Essential oil
3) Candles
4) A good book
5) Tea

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img_4211Step 3: Grab a good readimg_4208Step 4: Grab a mug of warm teaimg_4222Step 5: Relax and Enjoy!img_4225Did you know that Pura Vida Bracelets are 100% waterproof?!  Don’t worry about taking your bracelets off before getting into your Coffee Bath. Wearing your bracelets in water only enhances the natural look and feel.  YAY!
How do you stay warm during these cold months?

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Pura Vida x dixie on dallas x Breast Cancer

October 18, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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How it all got started.

2014 was the year that I did something for myself and for so many others—in very different ways. For others, I was fighting to help find a cure for breast cancer. A huge task. I had pledged to walk 60 miles with my best friend to fund research to find a cure to hopefully one day stop breast cancer altogether. Little did I know, it was going to impact my life more than I ever could have imagined.

I asked my friend Elisabeth if I could walk with her in 2014. I was nervous because she had done the walk before and I didn’t want her to think I was trying to steal her thunder. She is an active cancer philanthropist and thankfully welcomed me into her group. We went on training walks and bought matching gear. She gave me the tips and tricks to fight all things blisters and boobies.

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The walk. 

Right from the very beginning I knew this was where I was meant to be. Seeing so many people walking for the same cause was truly amazing. Day 1 was overwhelming in the best way possible. There was an energy like nothing else, lots of spirit, emotions, and pink. Lots and lots of pink. The same excitement carried over to Day 2.  The walk was around Mission Bay, so the view was great and the path made it easy for friends and family to come. By mile 30, I needed to see the people that helped me get there. The people who helped me fundraise and make posters, and who offered continuous support. It gave me the strength I needed to keep going after passing the halfway mark. The emotions started rolling in on Day 3. I couldn’t believe how far I had walked and how many touching stories I had heard along the way. I’ve known many women who have been affected by breast cancer and my hate for this disease is what fuels my fire to keep walking, that day and everyday. As soon as I turned on Park Blvd. and made the descent into the last mile my legs were no longer tired and I was ready to fight even harder to do my part to find a cure.

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The experience. 

To say that I do the 3-Day walk every year solely for breast cancer research, funding, and finding a cure would be a lie. I also do it for myself. Now I do not have cancer so let’s not get confused, but there is a selfish part of me that does it as sort of a mental healing. Walking past signs that say “I’m alive because you walk” will never leave my memory. Helping someone in this way is the best part of who I am as a philanthropist. Each year that I walk, I pray that I don’t know anyone who has breast cancer.  One day, I hope, events like this will not even exist because there will be a cure. I’m so grateful to potentially be a part of that.

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Pura Vida Bracelets x dixie on dallas x Breast Cancer

I was so excited for the opportunity to team up with Pura Vida.  I’ve admired their work and business model for a long time. Having the support of a local company is so rad and I can’t wait to walk wearing my new breast cancer Ella & Ivory bracelets this year.  I’ve created specialty prints for my modern calligraphy business, dixie on dallas. When purchased, all proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation as well as help me get to the 3-Day walk again. These simple motivational quotes are perfect for the fighter in you and the survivor in every breast cancer patient.

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Fall Picnic

September 30, 2016 — by Courtney Steeves

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We are weekend ready! Fall is in full swing and we cannot get enough of this beautiful weather. This weekend we are spending our time picking apples and sipping cider with friends. Throw on your sweater and enjoy the cool weather. There is something so magical about this time of year.
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What is your favorite fall activity?!

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Fall Yoga Mat Strap

September 11, 2016 — by Courtney Steeves

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Fall schedules can make us crazy between work, school, and everything else that comes with this cooler weather. It is important to make time for an activity that focuses on your mind, body and soul. Make time for you. Yoga is a great way to accomplish this. We have created a yoga mat strap inspired by the new season. We hope to see you in the studio!

 

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What You’ll Need:

1) Leather (2 – 29″ x 1.5″ pieces and 1 – 19″ x 1.5″ piece)

2) Ruler

3) Permanent marker

4) Extra strong thread

5) Hammer

6) Awl

Step 1: On both 29″ pieces of leather make marks at 1/4″, 1″, 5 1/4″, and 6″ in from one end of the leather

img_7772Step 2: Use awl and hammer to punch holes in the four marks on both pieces

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img_7793Step 3: Fold leather so the holes match up and hand sew to secure

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img_7804Step 4: Take the opposite end of the long piece and thread it through the loop formed by sewing the fold together (do this for both pieces of leather)

img_7825Step 5: On both ends of the 19″ piece and on the open ends of the 29″ pieces make a square of four dots

Step 6: Use awl and hammer to punch holes

Step 7: Hand sew a “x” thorugh the holes to secure

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DIY DORM DECOR PART 4 – Succulent Garden

August 21, 2016 — by Courtney Steeves

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DIY dorm decor idea number four! This idea, in our opinion, is the perfect way to bring life into your new dorm room! Check out our succulent garden. Succulents require minimal conditions and minimal care. This makes them perfect for any dorm!

 

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What you’ll need:

1) Paint brushes

2) Paint

3) Pencil

4) Terra cotta pots

5) Potting Soil

6) Succulents

Get Started:

Step 1: Draw desired pattern onto terra cotta pot

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IMG_6540Step 2: Paint desired pattern onto terra cotta pot

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IMG_6598Step 3: Add a small amount of potting soil to terra cotta pot

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IMG_6637(We recommend using a washcloth if you are planting prickly succulents)

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IMG_6655Step 5: Add a small amount of potting soil around the succulent and pat it down

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IMG_6660Step 6: Water your new succulent and place it in the sunlight!

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The Livings Easy

August 21, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Weekend ready and killin’ it on the beach. Living by the sea aint so bad, you guys. 😉 Let’s hear it for the beach babes! Here, we stay in our kinis and Pura Vida Bracelets. Grab your shades, beach towel and of course your favorite stack of Pura Vida’s– Now c’mon! Let’s go play in the sand.

 

We’re loving the neutrals with a pop of blue. This stack makes for the perfect beachy wrist.


Smile bright, be happy!


Anyone else loving the new Cali charm bracelet?!


Living the island dream.

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Seriously can’t get enough of all this sunshine.




What do you fill your Sundaze with? Share the fun by tagging #puravidabracelets on insta. Who knows, you may even get featured!

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American Honey

June 30, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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June is over? Julying. Who else is making exciting plans for this month? July 4th is one of our favorites and we are so pumped for everything we have going on! This year, we’re making sure we deck out with our red, white and blue arm candy. Can’t celebrate the 4th without Pura Vida bracelets, duh! Wherever you find yourself this holiday make it count and look cool, too!

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Shine on, babes.

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Keep your tummy happy and bring along a refreshing snack on your 4th adventures.

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SPARKLERS!

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Enjoy your crazy day! Sending all our love. See ya next time!

Photographer: @michellebishoff

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FRENDS Headphones

June 28, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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They say opposites attract right? Well to put this to the test, we teamed up with the awesome headphones company @FRENDS to test out some of their trendy headphones with some of our stylish bracelets. With Layla headphone being small and rose gold in color, we thought they would pair perfectly with some of our white and rose gold charmed bracelets. The cool thing about these head phones is you can purchase cap sets to go over top, and we chose mother of pearl set for the Layla pair. The mother of pearl caps complemented our bracelets perfectly! We also tried the opposite of white and gold: black and sleek. The Taylor Gunmetal rose gold headphones are larger in size, black in color, and give off a totally different style! Which one would you choose?! When pairing our bracelets, what is more your style? White, or Black?

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See Summer Better! (Warby Parker)

June 16, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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With summer in full swing, we are constantly keeping our eyes on cool brands to team up with that fit the Pura Vida vibe. Summer wouldn’t be complete without a great pair of sunglass! In collaboration with the #SeeSummerBetter campaign by Warby Parker, we wanted to share some of the awesome things they are offering to kick off the summer heat. Warby Parker has various locations ranging from California, New York, Arizona to Florida, just to name a few!

IMG_7723Something awesome that Warby Parker offers is their “Home Try-On” program! Need help choosing the perfect pair of glasses or sunglasses? The home try on is perfect for that! You can pick up to 5 pairs and have a week to test them out. We had the chance to try this program out!

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Check out some of the photos below from their summer look book.

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Meet Our Customer Service Team

May 24, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey Pura Vida fans! Have you ever visited our website and chatted with one of our customer service reps? If so, you already know just how awesome + helpful they are! Our customer service team puts in long hours to make sure YOU are happy with your order. When you’re happy, they are happy too! This week we want to highlight the team… 🙂

 

Lisa

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“I grew up in a little beach town in northern Massachusetts and naturally went very far away for school – Boston. After going to school in Boston, I decided to drive cross-country last winter and move out to San Diego. Even though I miss home occasionally, the weather out here reminds me why I stay. I still run my dogs instagram though and he lives back home. Feel free to hit him with a follow @mrmiloman. He’s a real cutie!

I’m happiest at the beach or eating chocolate covered pretzels and watching Game of Thrones. I love hanging out with friends and snapchatting everything. I’m super laid back and am always down for a cool adventure. Anything from hikes to concerts and of course a good margarita – I’m in! I’m so excited to be out here working for such a great company and can’t wait to see where life takes me on the best coast!”

 

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“I was born in Switzerland and moved to San Diego when I was 4 years old. Growing up in San Diego is the best thing ever for a kid – it made me fall in love with the outdoors, especially the ocean. I picked up my first surfboard at 8 years old and have been addicted to the surf lifestyle ever since. This affected my career path as well. I never want to work at a place where I have to wear a suit and tie and be clean-shaven everyday. That is why I love working for Pura Vida! I come into work everyday either salty from surfing in the morning or sweaty from biking to work!

While I am not at work you can catch me around the La Jolla reefs surfing or in the shaping bay making new boards. I also love going on weekend trips to Rosarito with all of my buddies to score at uncrowded breaks and to binge eat tacos and cervesas.

My favorite bracelet is the Black Braided. I wear it everyday! When I feel like wearing two, I put on the Solid Granite or the Surfaid Original bracelet!”

 

Rachelle

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“I spent my childhood growing up in a small town in North Carolina, the kind of place where you find your independence at a young age, climbing fences between houses and exploring barefoot through the muddy creeks that run through the neighborhood. Every fence I climbed led me to some new place that felt uncharted and untouched to me, even if it was only a few houses down from my own. Every tiny creek I explored was an ocean of little fish and frogs to discover and make mine.

When I was older I moved to San Diego—trading in running through muddy creeks for days on the sandy beaches and exploring the wild coasts of Southern California, but I kept that independence, the need for exploration and freedom I’d found when I was a kid in North Carolina.

On the weekends here I find myself seeking those fences to climb over and those creeks to explore, but now those creeks and fences look different.

It looks more like staying up into the early hours of morning listening to wild stories from strangers that eventually turn into amazing friends, or hiking down the cliffs to the get to that perfect place on the beach you have to know about to find.

That’s why I love working at Pura Vida, because of the lifestyle we promote and encourage. A wild life, that’s full and pure no matter where you are in it. I try to mix things up on my wrist using different textures of the seed beads with a bolder braided bracelet and a little glimmer of a gold bitty to keep things exciting.

I can’t wait to hear about what your Pura Vida collection looks like, and help you find the best stack to represent yourself on your wrist. Chat me!”

 

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We love our customer service team!

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Meet our Costa Rican Bracelet Artists!

May 12, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey Pura Vida fans! We recently made a trip back to Costa Rica, where we got to visit our team and see firsthand how much it has grown and expanded out there. We are in awe of the talent and creativity from the bracelet artists that are part of our team. It’s crazy to think just five years ago we met Jorge and Joaquin on a street corner in Costa Rica, and now they are in charge of creating all the bracelets you see today. Currently, Jorge, Joaquin, and 100+ of their amigos hold full-time jobs thanks to Pura Vida Bracelets. Take a look at the photos below. You will see how some of the bracelets are created, and the beautiful faces that make up our Costa Rican team! Pura Vida!

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Charity Bracelets

May 1, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Did you guys know here at Pura Vida, we have a few plans in action to be able to give back to several different charities!  We have been able to donate $58,300 to our charity partners since January of 2016.
Since we began our charity collections, we have a grand total of $932,358 dollars and that number continues to expand. Our variety of charity organizations varies from: animal awareness, cancer awareness, education and children, environmental causes, memorial causes, service/ military, women causes, and you can also submit a charity! See more on our Charity page HERE.
Thank you for all of your support so far! We would not be able to do it without you.
You’re purchase makes a difference.

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