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Coachella Weekend One Recap

April 14, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Hey PV fans! Here is a sick collection of photos taken from Coachella this weekend! For all of you that missed it or that are maybe going to weekend two, check out these shots and see how it all goes down in the desert!



All Photos taken by Griffin Thall

Shop our Festival Collection for some hot bracelets and style packs to go with your festival fits! And keep an eye out for the Pura Vida billboard on your drive to the festival and the Pura Vida Van where you can score some free bracelets!

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Coachella Music Festival: A Survival Kit

March 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We’re only 2 weeks away from this year’s Coachella Music Festival, where nearly 200,000 festival go-ers will transform into music hungry desert dwellers under the blazing California sun. Be prepared with our Coachella survival kit because partying in the desert is no joke:

  • A hat that covers your shoulders
  • Your carefully selected lineup schedule
  • A refillable water bottle
  • Cash to refuel on cool watermelon and coconut water
  • A smartphone + Coachella app
  • Your BFFs to get the party started
  • Flash Tattoos Desert Dweller Collection
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable ankle boots (if anyone has ever jumped on your toes during a song, you’ll know why)
  • Pura Vida Bracelets Desert Dunes Style Pack – a must!



Share this post if you’ll be heading to Coachella or watching the live stream this year!

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Festival Fashion: Colors & Patterns – How to Mix, Match and Own It

March 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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The days are getting longer, the temps are rising and there’s a sweet smell of freshness in the air. This could only mean one thing: Festival season has arrived! Mixing and matching your colors and patterns can be tough when it comes to your festival outfit, so here are our top tips for all you free-spirited boho chic desert gypsy wanderers:

1. Dare to be different. All eyes will be on you when you embrace your uniqueness. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries of mixing color, shape and pattern. Start with one main statement piece and then experiment with adding smaller items and accessories that compliment it.

2. Opposites attract. Mix bold prints with pretty florals or basic black with a neon-bright statement necklace. The beauty of dressing up for a festival is that anything goes, so have fun with it and wear it with confidence.

3. Experiment with color. Stay within the same color family (like lilac, pinks and purples) or coordinate with complimentary colours (blue/orange, red/green, purple/yellow). This is your chance to really stand out and be fearless with your hues. If all else fails, black never goes out of fashion (just be mindful if you’re going to be in the sun all day).

4. Keep it simple. If layering prints and patterns isn’t your thing, take the refined and classic route with a pair of distressed denim shorts, some worn-in Converse, a muscle tank and really play it up with some great accessories like Pura Vida Bracelets!

At the end of the day, it’s all about expressing yourself through what you wear and being comfortable and confident in your own skin. Your outfit doesn’t have to look perfectly coordinated or put together, but instead should reflect your personality. As long as you’re having fun with color, prints and shape, you’re doing it right!

Share this post if you want to go to a music festival this year!

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The Takeaway: What We Can Learn from Music Festivals

March 11, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Who doesn’t love a good party? And when you throw in some of the world’s best DJs, locations and thousands of amped up festival go-ers, you’ve got a recipe for fun. Here’s what we can learn from music festivals:

Keep an open mind. You may go into a festival with the goal of seeing musicians and DJs you’ve loved forever, but always leave room to explore new music and genres. Just like in life, open up to the possibilities for new and different experiences. You never know what you might like and the interesting people you may meet encounter!

Dance like no one’s watching. It sounds so cliche, but letting go of the fear of being judged on how you express yourself is a very liberating experience. So dance however you want to dance as much as you can!

Enjoy the music and live free. Listening to music is scientifically proven to elevate our moods and decrease stress. It reminds us to be present and really “tune in” to the moment whether we’re by ourselves or with 10,000 or our closest party friends.

It’s all about good vibes and great people. Sometimes music festivals get a bad reputation, but it’s actually the opposite. Everyone you meet is there to have a good time, be happy and have fun. And isn’t this how we should wake up feeling every day? Whether we’re at Coachella or getting out of bed on a Monday morning, we should be excited to be living and look forward to every day.

Share this post if you’re going to a music festival this year! 

 

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2015 Coachella Style Guide

March 11, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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It’s almost time, Pura Vida fans!  The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, or you know, just Coachella, is right around the corner! This annual festival in the desert of California is the best place for you to listen to super-trendy DJs and artists, check out some amazing art, and obviously, showcase your favorite festival fit.  We put together this comprehensive list of our favorite trends, shops, and brands to get you ready to show off just how stylish you are. Go for a look that will keep you cool in the desert sun but also something that is daring and original.  Check out our lists below and add any suggestions for things that we have missed in the comments!

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WHAT’S TRENDING
Fringe
Cut-off shorts
Kimonos
Bell-bottoms/Flares
Hi-low dresses or skirts
Lace
Crocheted Tops
Studs
Suede
Tie Dye
Acid Wash
Leather
Feathers
Spikes
Studs
Rose Gold
Mixed Metallics
Beads
Hair Chalk
Crop Tops
Ripped/Cut Shirts and Shorts
Turquoise Jewelry
Vintage Tees
Shells
Native American Influences
Flower Crowns
Retro Sunglasses
Booties
Wide-Brimmed Hats
Chunky Necklaces

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STORES WE LOVE
Free People
Urban Outfitters
Brandy Melville
Top Shop
Tobi
Nasty Gal
H&M
Forever 21
Zara
REVOLVE
Dollskill
Peppermayo
Sabo Skirt
Turquoise Lane

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BRANDS WE LOVE
Novella Royale
One Teaspoon
OBEY
The Laundry Room
Child of Wild
Vanessa Mooney
Amuse Society
Knot Sisters
Lovers + Friends
Night Cap
Wildfox
Spell and the Gypsy Collective
For Love & Lemons
Stone Cold Fox
RAEN
Quay
Valley Eyewear
INDAH
MinkPink
Show Me Your Mumu
Lovely Bird
Flynn Skye
Chaser
Vagabond
Winston White
Beach Riot
Cleobella
Matisse
Jeffrey Campbell
Dolce Vita
BB Dakota
Flash Tattoos

FESTIVAL LOOK INSPO!

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If you made it this far, you must have loved our festival fit inspiration.  Be sure to spread the love and Coachella vibes by pinning your favorite looks and sharing this post!  One more month until it all goes down in the desert!

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7 Reasons Why Music Rocks

March 6, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Music is life. The right song at the right time can uplift anyone and make us feel like we can do anything! It’s always there when we need it, knowing the exact words to say and how to say them. We love music and here’s why:

  1. Hearing our favourite song will always make us smile.
  2. Music equals dancing. And dancing equals FUN. Whether at the club, at a music festival or alone in your bedroom, swaying and jumping around with the volume on high is a guaranteed good time.
  3. No matter how sad or mad we are, Taylor Swift heals all. At 15, 22 or any age really, times get tough and no amount of chocolate ice cream will make us feel better. Music has a way of speaking to our pain and problems better than any BFF and we’re thankful to all the talented musicians out there for helping us heal and move on.
  4. Science also says music rocks. Studies have shown that listening to tunes can help us focus, workout harder, calm nerves and increase chemicals in our brain that cheer us up.
  5. Music helps us remember the good times. Our first dance, our first road trip or that summer we spent at the beach, we could curate a soundtrack to our lives all thanks to those songs that play in the background while life’s greatest moments happen.
  6. One word: Karaoke. Need we say more?
  7. There will always be music. There is an infinite combination of words, melodies and notes to last more than a lifetime. Genres come and go, new artists emerge and old songs become captured treasures. With the simple press of the play button, we’ll be taken to new places, reminded of old memories, experience great emotions and rock on forever!

Share this post if music puts a smile on your face!

 

Fashion

The Best Coachella Fashion… and the Worst

April 21, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Coachella Weekend Two has officially come to a close. Because last week we highlighted some of our favorite celebrity looks, this week we wanted to appreciate some of the best festival fashion as a collective; so here are a few of the trends we loved.


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It was all about flowy, feminine, floral prints and edgy cut-outs this festival season… and we couldn’t get enough!


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This Mikoh swimwear Kahala Kahala top also made quite an appearance at the festival; and paired with tribal inspired prints made it a go-to look.


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Simple dresses and tunics paired with booties were more popular, chic looks for Coachella. Simple is always better, and these two outfits added in boho accessories like fringe and cowboy hats to make them on trend for festival fashion.


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Anything crochet, we loved. Plus, adding that detail into one of our favorite pieces of clothing (the romper) made this look one of our favorites. In addition to keeping the color palette of the outfit mostly monochromatic, this was definitely one of our faves.

And, the worst…


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Coachella is not EDC… so put your furry booties away!

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No pants, no problem? Wrong.


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And this… this is just all wrong. Flower crown + fringe + cut-outs + crop top = too many trends, not enough time.

Hope everyone who went this year enjoyed it! Until next time, Coachella, we will miss you.   

Travel

Happy Coachella!

April 11, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Happy Coachella everybody!

As we all know, it is the FIRST WEEKEND OF COACHELLA! Coachella is more than a music festival; it is a way to express art through the combinations of sound and fashion. A mix of boho-chic trends and tomboy grunge, below are five fashion Instagram accounts that will inspire your Coachella wardrobe all year long!

Stone Cold Fox

Stone Cold Fox is the perfect blend of beachy and boho with hints of flirty, feminine patterns and ruffles. The brand is perfect for Coachella and the festival’s sunny, muggy atmosphere.

Child of Wild


Child of Wild is the perfect jewelry and accessories brand that fits the free-spirited Coachella traveler. The jewelry is an eclectic blend of tribal accents with precious gems and the Instagram account is filled with raw, beautiful images detailing the journey of the designer and the inspiration for the brand.

Lust For Life

Lust for Life is a lifestyle account that targets the boho-preppy Coachella goer. This account is for the more refined traveler, yet still accents each look with hints of boho glam – whether that be fringe, tribal prints, pastels and mixing patterns with lace, this account is fun to look at and the food pictures are amazing.

Soleil Blue

Soleil Blue’s Instagram account is more swim-inspired with a relaxed, trendy vibe throughout. Pair any of their swim with high-waisted shorts or wide-leg pants and you will be Coachella ready all year long.

Shop Van de Vort

Shop Van de Vort is a local boutique based in Del Mar that sells the best in boho brands. The account will give you the perfect outfit inspiration – which, if you can afford it, you should 100% fully replicate. It is the perfect blend of baggy and boho and some of the brands included in the store are One Teaspoon, Child of Wild and Stone Cold Fox.

Fashion

Romper + Festival Bag = Coachella

April 4, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Because Coachella is just a mere weekend away, we thought we’d help you figure out the perfect Coachella outfit! We absolutely love rompers, so we paired four rompers with each of our 100% hand-crafted Pura Vida Festival Bags. Take a look and see how these bags really do go with everything! 

The Stone Cold Fox Jerry Jump Suit in Red Paired with the Mojave Bag:

The Erin Crop Relaxed Overall Paired with the Bohemian Bag:

The Asos Ribbed Playsuit with Long Sleeves Paired with the Gypsy Bag:

The Asos Cami Playsuit Paired with the Aztec Bag:

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Introducing our Festival Bags!

March 28, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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The newest product to hit our shelves this upcoming spring is our brand new 100% hand-crafted Pura Vida festival bags. The bag comes in four different patterns, and each bag is perfect for a different occasion! You can dress it up and wear it as a clutch, or you can use it for travel purposes to hold your makeup. It can also be worn day-to-day, easily holding every day essentials such as chapstick, sunscreen, money, makeup and gum – making it the perfect bag for Coachella! Each bag will compliment your boho – hippie vibe perfectly so go ahead, click the image above and go find a bag that fits you!

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Pura Vida Best-Sellers – Product Spotlight

March 26, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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These products are going fast so we wanted to emphasize a few of our faves. Here are five products we love, and as spring time approaches, these are definite must haves. Take a look and get excited for what’s to come!

The Heather Magenta Pura Vida Beanie

The Pura Vida beanie is super cute, comfy, and is perfect for the upcoming months. Its soft knit material and fun magenta color is perfect for spring and the beanie is light enough so that you can wear it all year long!

The Shades of Grey Hair Pack

The Shades of Grey Hair Pack comes in five different colors – from dark and stone grey to a navy and heather grey, these hair ties are perfect for showing off your Pura Vida Hippie lifestyle. And they are great for when you are on the go, and you need to put your hair up but you don’t want to worry about getting a crease – a definite must have.

The Hanalei Triangles iphone 5 Case

Perfect for Coachella coming up and spring/summer time in general, this iphone 5 case is the ideal accessory to go with your Pura Vida bracelets. It is a hard, plastic case with a soft matte finish. The super-slim design offers strong protection and snaps on easily – you can’t go wrong.

The Yoga Girl Bracelet Pack

This pack is perfect for spring. With vibrant pinks and deep teals, light greens and pastel yellows, this bracelet pack embodies happiness and purity. It will immediately spice up any outfit and is a great accessory for any activity – whether that be the beach or a party, this pack goes with everything.

The Pura Vida Smells Good Candle

The warm coconut fragrance infused with notes of vanilla bean and surf wax make this candle the perfect scent to come home to. Whether you imagine yourself laying out on the beach or lounging at a relaxing spa, lighting this candle is the perfect way to wind down after a long day at the office.