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PV Takes Barcelona!

April 1, 2019 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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As we keep taking on the world one city at a time, we want to continue to bring you along with us! On this trip to Spain we were able to explore the beautiful streets of Barcelona and eat all the yummy tapas! Here’s a few highlights from yet another epic trip of #PVgoesGlobal. Where should we go next?

We shared countless meals and lots of juice during our stay. Did you know that Spain is known for their freshly squeezed OJ? So naturally we had a glass for every… single… meal. And let me tell ya, it lived up to all the big talk!

Arc de Triomf was for sure a landmark we had to see with our own eyes! From the breathtaking architecture, to the street art there was so much to see!

We took strolls down by the coast of Barcelona too. We even were able to take a cruise around the Mediterranean Sea with a few friends. It was magical!

More coffee please! Due to some obvious jet lag, we made sure to keep the caffeine pumpin’.

How amazing is the Cathedral of Barcelona?! The closer we got to it, the more breathtaking it was! Musicians were playing outside of it creating the most beautiful sounds. It was definitely a surreal moment for all of us. We all just kinda starred in amazement.

It’s always dancing time in Barcelona! We went out to snap a few photos before heading to dinner one evening. Running through the streets of Barca was exhilarating to say the absolute least.

This place is called Bunkers. It over looks the whole city! People go up here at sunset to watch the pretty colors that are painted in the sky as the day comes to an end. It’s tradition to bring a nice picnic along to enjoy– so we did just that!

Goodnight, Barcelona! Thank you for all the amazing sight seeing and new memories.

Photos: @Jeffisy / Models: @Stacieelmer, @Chelseybishoff, @The_wandering_raven

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Meet our (Original!) Artisans: Jorge & Joaquín

February 1, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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In the summer of 2010, a college graduation trip to Costa Rica turned into a life-changing business venture for two Southern California friends, Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman.

While traveling through Costa Rica, Griffin and Paul crossed paths with two bracelet artisans named Jorge and Joaquín. The colorful handmade bracelets they were selling seemed to capture the essence of their journey. No one would have expected for this casual encounter to grow into the successful partnership that it is today, and we’re so proud to say that Jorge and Joaquín are still an integral part of our growth!

Pura Vida’s original artisans, Jorge and Joaquín, on the beach in Costa Rica where they first met Paul and Griffin, selling bracelets on their original table, 8 years later!

We could talk all day about how amazing our partnership has been with these two, but we thought it would be more fun to hear the story directly from Jorge and Joaquín, while also getting to know our friends that truly started it all!

Meet Jorge!

Where were you born and raised?
Born in San Jose Costa Rica. And raised in San José and Heredia.

How long have you and Joaquín known each other?
About 15 years.

Before Pura Vida Bracelets, what did you do for a living?
Travel through Central America selling crafts…

Where did you meet Paul and Griffin?
In Playa Dominical, in Costa Rica…we were selling on the beach when they embarked with a classic bracelet in his hand and asked to us 300 of them but in many colors.

How exactly are the bracelets made?
100% with your hands. A knot for here, a knot for there. You use the chain to make, but the limit is the imagination. You can make an infinite number of designs….

How long have you been making the bracelets?
Actually 15 years….

Where did you learn to make them?
Joaquin teach me, hahahaha. Joaquín and other friends teach me. But above all Joaquín.

Favorite bracelet?
Undoubtedly, the black anchor with gray thread….

How has working with Pura Vida impacted your life?
Certainly, changed all my life and all the life that surrounds me, family and friends, everything is completely different. Pura Vida helps many people and it is good to know. And it feels so good to be totally involved in that support.

What is your favorite part about working with Pura Vida?
Freedom. Working with Pura Vida is different, it’s like the phrase, It’s Pure Life. Sometimes work is hard, but you can feeling good.

What does “Pura Vida” mean to you?
Basically everything. It’s not just a job, It’s something that involves everything, not just your family and friends, also all your time, your spaces and even thoughts in day to day.

Favorite vacation spot? Or the best place to visit off the beaten track?
I like Montezuma beach…but the best place will always be Cahuita in Limón.

 

Meet Joaquín!

Where were you born and raised? What was that like?
I was born in Heredia, Costa Rica which is a lay back place with fresh climate. I was always surrounded by family, friends, music and skateboards.

How long have you two known each other?
We’ve known each other for 15 years, we used to get together and talk about books, music and crafting.

Before Pura Vida Bracelets, what did you do for a living? 
I used to travel all over Central America with Jorge and other friends selling handicrafts.

Where did you meet Paul and Griffin?
I met them in Playa Dominical (Dominical beach), we used to visit this place and sell handicrafts, they came up to us with an idea and a proposal and we accepted the challenge.

How exactly are the bracelets made? 
The bracelets are made with raw material on hand, string, scissors, fire and with creativity.

How long have you been making them? 
Hmmm… lots of time.

Where did you learn to make them? 
I used to hang out with friends that are artisans outside the National University and they transmitted the knowledge of crafting. With what I learned I created my own style.

Favorite bracelet?
My favorite style will always be the classic bracelet, since it was the beginning of all.

How has working for Pura Vida impacted your life? 
The jump has been huge, a lot of responsibilities but most of all the pride of knowing that many people are benefit by this family, friends and artisans.

What’s your favorite part about working with Pura Vida?
Pura Vida is a company run by two incredible people. It is a pleasure to be able to work with them.

What does “Pura Vida” mean to you? 
Pura Vida is a source of opportunities, it is the smile and pleasure of seeing the artisan take home the results of their effort and the pleasure of knowing that the bracelet makes the bearer smile.

Favorite vacation spot?
My favorite place is Monteverde, I like places with biodiversity with fresh weather, rain and wild animals.

 

 

COmment your favorite bracelet style below, and Check back next week to get to know some of our artisans in Costa Rica!

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New York City

October 6, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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#PVtakesNYC! We were so excited to get the gang together in New York City this Fall season. There are too many things to see and do. The more we explored, the more we fell in love with this iconic city. You know what they say, “A city so nice, they named it twice!” Have you ever been to New York City? Follow along as we make our way around the Manhattan and Brooklyn and check out all the places we went to!

NOTHING beats a good city view! I mean look at those sparkling lights. Are we dreaming?!

We are living for all the rooftop hangs. Check out this view from the top of the Williamsburg Hotel in Brooklyn! Are you joking? All the heart eyes for this city.

Not to mention all the yummy coffee. Because caffiene breaks are essential, am I right?

What’s your go to drink?

Hanging out down under in the Oculus! This is part of One World Trade Center.

Did you even go to NYC if you didn’t walk across the Brooklyn Bridge?! One of our favorite landmarks we visited!

Any FRIENDS fans out there?! We took a stop to check out the apartment featured in the show. It doesn’t get more iconic than this! Everyone say cheeeese!

DUMBO! The classic Brooklyn shot featuring the Manhattan Bridge in the background.

Models: Chelsey Bishoff, Hailey Miller, Stacie Elmer

Photos: Bryce Miller, Jeff Isy, Chelsey Bishoff

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Rocky Mountain

November 14, 2016 — by Courtney Steeves

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Last weekend we explored Rocky Mountain National Park. IT. WAS. BEAUTIFUL. Sun was shining at the base of the mountains, snow was flying at the top. We experienced two of our favorite seasons in one day. Unforgetable! We styled our Pura Vida Bracelets to match the golden fields that surrounded the mountains.  Check out our little adventure below.

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What is your favorite Pura Vida Bracelet to adventure in?!

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How to pack the perfect “Carry on” bag

October 16, 2016 — by Rachelle Minyard

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Hey PV fans! Today on the blog we bring you some travel tips on how to pack the best “carry on” bag! If you have any fall/holiday travel plans, be sure to save this blog and read it again when you are getting ready to pack. All of these things are great to have on your next plane ride. All of them can fit perfectly in a tote bag or backpack. Safe Travels!

img_7358Be sure you pack a light jacket for travel. It can get chilly on plane rides so having one packed with you on a carry on is a smart move.

img_7363Reading material and a journal is a must! By packing these items it can help time pass by. Reading is great to keep our brains sharp. And doing it for something other than school/ work can be a great practice. Having a journal you can write down any thoughts that may come to mind, you can practice some drawing, or even document your travels.

img_7367Reading glasses (if you use them), hand sanitizer, and chapstick. Some great essentials to have.

img_7371DO NOT forget a water bottle! This helps you stay hydrated during flights that can be very dry and leave you feeling dehydrated. Just make sure it is empty when going through security, and you can fill it up past security. A lot of airport have filtered water stations where you can fill up.

img_7372Headphones and writing material. Our new Wanderer Pouch makes a perfect holder for any of your carry on supplies. Don’t forget headphones!  Listing to music, or using them to watch a movie is a huge help to pass time on long flights.

img_7377Don’t forget snacks and gum! Usually flights provide you with a small snack of either peanuts or pretzels. Some flights don’t offer any food, and some you will need to pay for a good snack. Pack your own to eat whenever you please throughout your flight, and without paying a high price. Gum is also very helpful to have to help with altitude changes and prevents your ear from being plugging during take off.

img_7381Laptop, laptop charger, iPhone changer, Polaroid camera, small wallet to fit ID and cards, and your phone. Some very important items your don’t want to forget. Now that you have these tips, go pack your best carry on bag!

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Exploring the City

September 20, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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One of our bloggers, @chelseybishoff explored New York City this past week, as some of you may know from following along on our insta-story! What better way to take on the city than in your favorite accessories? She brought along a few friends to show off their Pura Vida Bracelets in Manhattan. Take a look at a few shots they captured before hitting the busy streets!

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What’s up, New York?

 

Until next time, sweet city! Thanks for the awesome views.

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Models: @chelseybishoff & @marlee_marissa

Photographer: @wolfuntamed

 

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DIY DORM DECOR PART 3 – Embroidered Map

August 19, 2016 — by Courtney Steeves

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DIY dorm decor idea number three! This idea is a great way to reminisce on all of your summer adventures as you start the school year. Check out our embroidered map below. We chose to embroider all of the states we have ever visited. This map will serve as a constant reminder of the places you have been and the places you will go!

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What you’ll need:

1) Needle

2) Thread

3) Scissors

4) Pen (we used an embroidery transfer pen)

5) Fabric

6) Embroidery hoop

Get Started:

Step 1: Cut fabric into a square large enough to fit in the embroidery hoop

IMG_6359Step 2: Measure the size of embroidery hoop to determine the best size for the map you will trace

IMG_6368Step 3: Trace map of the United States

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IMG_6413Step 4: Place map into embroidery hoop

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IMG_6428Step 5: Tighten embroidery hoop to secure map

IMG_6431Step 6: Embroider the states you have adventured!

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Lake Daze

July 31, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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There’s no better summer adventure like camping out on your favorite lake! The fun never stops here. From hiking, to building fires and eating s’mores, to paddle boarding! We could go on, but we think you get it. 😉 What are your favorite lake activities? We’ll show you a few of ours.

But first, coffee.

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Who can resist an open fire prepping to roast all the delicious marshmellows?!

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Now for the best part. Can’t take a lake trip without all your paddle boarding gear.

Sandy toes!

And finally to end the day, chillin out lake side. Nothin’ but sunshine on our face!

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Road Trip Playlist

July 21, 2016 — by Courtney Steeves

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Pack your bags, set a destination (or don’t), jump into your car, roll down the windows, and crank up the music!  What is a road trip without the perfect playlist?  We have created a road trip playlist that will have you jamming in your seat to and from your getaway .  Hit ‘play’ on this mix and enjoy your journey.

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What tracks are on your road trip playlist?

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Aloha Weekend!

July 8, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Who’s ready to get this weekend started? Headed anywhere wild? We are itching to sink our toes in the sand and feel the sunshine on our skin! There’s no other way to feel the bliss of summer time other than chillin’ out by the shore. Come along and take part on our island adventure!

Can we all take a moment and pause because this is palm paradise!

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Dock side hangs and takin’ it easy.

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Summer adventures call for hammocks, sunnies and your favorite Pura Vida bracelets, duh!

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Nothing but smiles and sunshine

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Ended our day the best way we knew how- cruising on a yacht!

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So long beach bums! We want to hear about your sea days. Tag your favorite vacay spots featuring your bracelets to #puravidabracelets on instagram.

Stay salty!

Photographer : @shana__banana

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5 Best International Destinations for Music Lovers

June 10, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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If you’re a true music lover, you know that you can’t stick to just one genre to truly appreciate the art. In fact, you probably have dabbled in several genres and love them each for their own uniqueness. It’s possible you even play an instrument or two yourself, were in a band (or desperately wanted to be), have obsessed over a drummer or two and definitely are a big concert-goer. Like big. So you’ve checked out all the best venues around, have done a few stops at Lollapalooza or Coachella, and dropped by a good open mic night for some local talent. So where to next? Here are five of the best (trust me there are loads) international destinations for music lovers.

Vienna, Austria

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As a music lover, you know that Vienna is the City of Music. And if you didn’t, well it might be time to go “Bach” to the classics and be “Schubert” to trek on over to this stunning city. Vienna is home to some of the biggest giants of classical music, from Beethoven to Brahms, Mozart, Strauss, and Haydn. Vienna celebrates each of their legacies annually with a performance season that starts in September and ends in June.

There are also nine different festivals each year along with the famous Vienna Philharmonic. Some music lovers would consider seeing them perform in the Wiener Konzerthaus a definite bucket-list item.

Kingston, Jamaica

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For not only some bumping music but also some bumping culture, Jamaica is a sure showstopper. The Caribbean is known as a beautiful travel destination, but don’t make that the main reason why you pick it as your next vacay. Known as the musical heartbeat of the Caribbean, Jamaica’s Reggae is one of the most internationally recognized music genres. Built from Jamaican folk music and calypso with American jazz and blues, Reggae’s rhythm and flows have made it a top pick for many music connoisseurs.

Along with this, Reggae is popular for artists to express their thoughts on political and social conditions and even is used as a mighty tool for “change.” While you’re there, be sure to stop by the Bob Marley Museum. So “get up, stand up” and “lively up yourself” with a little bit of the pioneer of Reggae’s top hits.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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The United States is home to a plethora of rockin’ music festivals, but we breezed over the likes of Cleveland and Seattle and Nashville (because, well, it’s country) for New Orleans for its exquisite history and lively music scene. Known as the birthplace of American jazz, New Orleans is famous for the annual New World Rhythms Festival and exploding Mardi Gras festival.

These aside, Congo Square features local music around the clock and be sure to swing by Preservation Hall. Known as the best jazz venue (and a French Quarter institution), this venue isn’t just for its smooth and silky sounds but is also a gallery and photo studio.

So if you want a little bit (okay a lotta bit) of culture with your music, New Orleans is a great destination.

Japan

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It’s a stunner, that’s for sure, but probably not for what you’re thinking of. Japan has the second largest music market in the world and music has played a huge part in its history and culture. In the Samurai culture, they would listen to Buddhist chanting or orchestral court music during training to become more enlightened. But today, Japan isn’t just the perfect stop for their orchestras. Japanese Pop and even Jazz have boomed and dance groups seem to really find a home in Japan.

Don’t be surprised too, if while on a Japan tour you stop by a few good karaoke bars. Japan is home to the first karaoke machine and travelers the world around never miss an opportunity to drop by a few while on vacation. Oh and guess what? Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray even filmed in one for Lost in Translation. So if you venture that way, take the time to check out Karaoke Kan for some good fun and film worship.

Berlin, Germany

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With music comes great flavor, and you better believe that Berlin is on our stop for flavorful music cities. From classically trained musicians to punk rockers and more, Berlin’s Kreuzberg district is known as the historic home of Berlin’s punk rock movement. Today, the city still continues to draw music lovers the world around. Even if you don’t love punk rock or classical music, the SO36 music club in Berlin was a favorite destination for David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

If you’re a house music lover Berlin is also a great destination. With its pulsating beats, the experimental Echtzeitmusik found its home among house lovers all over Berlin. Check out Madame CLAUDE, an underground bar that features live Echtzeitmusik. Berlin is definitely a fun crazed spot for anyone wanting to find something new and exciting.

By: Vincent Strokes