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New York City

September 27, 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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Tour de Turtles

August 10, 2018 — by Jasmin Manzano

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The Sea Turtle Conservancy invited the Pura Vida team along to Tortuguero, Costa Rica this summer as part of their Tour de Turtles campaign. An experience of a lifetime, we were able to participate in the release of a Green sea turtle we named Vida.

Isn’t she a beauty??

Around this time each year, tons of sea turtles come to Tortuguero (Spanish for the Land of Turtles) to nest. As you can imagine, this brings in thousands of visitors to the Costa Rican village to witness the phenomenon. Who can blame them?? And if they time it correctly, there is a turtle release they can see too!

Thanks to her GPS tracker device, you can follow Vida’s journey here.

A huge thanks to the Tortuguero STC team and Research Assistants for hosting us this weekend! These lovely humans work with the turtles year-round at the Sea Turtle Conservancy research station! It was so amazing seeing them do their part in saving the sea turtle population.

For more information on the Sea Turtle Conservancy and their initiatives, check out their website!

Pura Vida is proud to partner with the Sea Turtle Conservancy! It is the mission of Sea Turtle Conservancy to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

Donate to the STC by purchasing our Save the Sea Turtles bracelets today!

Photos: Lauren Parks

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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

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Top Five Desert Destinations

May 23, 2016 — by Griffin Thall

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Having grown up in Oregon, I’m used to…let’s just say…a bit of rain (aka A TON). So naturally, being that the grass is always greener on the other side, I find myself drawn to the exact opposite of what I grew up in: Deserts! Coincidentally, here at the PV headquarters we’ve been obsessed with all things desert lately so I’ve been feeling all kinds of inspired. So in honor of our desert daze, here is a list of my top 5 desert destinations–enjoy PV fans!
xo,
Britt

Representative manager

1. Jardín Etnobotánico de Oxaca: People from all over the world flock to this botanical garden to check out the unique fusion of exotic plants & local culture.

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2. Arizona- Sonora Desert:

Cactus lovers unite at this rad spot but beware, the Arizona-Sonora Desert hits crazy high temperatures in the Spring & Summer!

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3. White Sands National Monument: New Mexico is home to this gorgeous spread of gypsum crystals that will leave you wondering how mother nature pulled this one off.

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4. Joshua Tree National Park: Contrary to its name, Joshua Tree National Park isn’t home to JUST Joshua Trees- you’ll also find beautiful cactii, pretty wildflowers and gorgeous rock formations that’ll make you want to stay for more than just the day!

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5. Namib Desert: Spread across 1,200 miles in Southern Africa, the Namib Desert is unique in that it is a coastal desert AND is widely considered the oldest desert on Earth.

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