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Inspiration

Artist Feature: Emily Deechaleune

October 14, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We’ve been a huge fan of our friend Emily since we first laid eyes on her colorful artistic creations. Get to know one of fave artists and follow her Instagram for tons of inspiration and good vibes!

1) Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you do, your art and where you’re from!

My name is Emily Deechaleune. I’m 22 years old. Born and raised in Methuen, Massachusetts. I’m a visual artist, who draws and paints 🙂 I usually do portraits and right now, I love to draw mandalas, zen doodle and things that are good vibe related, such as the sun, moon, elephants, flowers etc.

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2) How did you get into being an artist?

I’ve loved art since I can remember. As a child I would always go to a book store called “Borders”. My brother and I would get drawing books and would learn to draw for hours. Since middle school, I always told myself that I would become some type of artist and would work in the arts field.

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3)  What is one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring artists?

Dream big and NEVER GIVE UP on anything that makes you happy! Whatever you go through in life, you’re going to have your ups and downs and you need to fight through it. Don’t give up because it’s hard, push through it and you’ll learn and grow as a person. You’ll thank yourself later in the long run 🙂

4) What does ‘living free’ mean to you?

To me, living free means being your true self and doing whatever it is that your heart desires. People are going to judge you regardless if you’re a good or bad person. At the end of the day, all you have is yourself and you should make sure you’re doing things for you and not for others. Do things that satisfy your soul and make you happy.

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5) Your top 5 bracelet picks: 

Gold Metal Cuff
Seed Bead Adobe
Elephant Alliance
Golden Coast Pack
Seed Bead Zebra

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Hang up some of Emily’s art and grab one of her awesome prints!

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Recipes

Summer Fruit Water

August 19, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Stay hydrated in those sizzling summer heat waves with our refreshingly simple fruit-infused water.

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Ingredients:
Watermelon, diced into chunks
Mint
Water or Soda Water
Ice
Portable Drinking Container (We love this leakproof Made by Fressko flask, which comes with a handy infuser, perfect for fruit or tea.)

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Directions:
Add the cut up watermelon, mint leaves and ice to your portable drinking container. Fill with water. Easy peasy. Now, drink up buttercup and go seize the day!

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Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water

1) Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2) Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3) Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4) Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5) Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6) Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7) Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8) Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9) Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10) Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

(via Mind Body Green)

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Did you know? Watermelon is a fruit AND a vegetable. It’s also 91% water, so it’s super hydrating and good for you. Chill slices in the fridge for a cool summer treat!

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Pura Vida Bracelets: The Salty Pineapple Stack – Coming Soon!
Glass Flask: LIFT – Made by Fressko
Shark Ring: Tidepool Hawaii

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Inspiration

11 Inspiring Instagrammers You Should Follow

May 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Here’s a round up of our favorite Instagrammers to keep you motivated, inspired and to fill your feed with prettiness!

1) @momentaryhappiness

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2) @taramilktea

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3) @mattcrump

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4) @inspire_yourself_

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5) @stephanieblaunc

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6) @stoked_yogi

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7) @lifebeforework

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8) @scottypass

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9) @dametraveler

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10) @barefoot_surf_travel

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11) @katgaskin

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Travel

Must-Have: Travel & Beach-Inspired Pencil Sets

April 2, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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I never thought I would relate so well to a bunch of pencils, but how freakin’ cute are these beach and travel-inspired pencil sets from Modern Palm Boutique? Great as presents or to add some bright color to your office space. In love!

Shop:
A Day at the Beach Pencil Set ($9)
Wanderlust Pencil Set ($9)

Follow Modern Palm:
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Wave Kai Ring: VAYA

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Recipes

Detox Fruit Water Recipes

March 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Spring cleaning shouldn’t just be for your closet. Cleanse and rid your body of toxins with these healthy and delicious detox fruit water recipes.


Ingredients:
Portable Drinking Container (We love this leakproof Made by Fressko flask, which comes with a handy infuser, perfect for fruit or tea.)
Fruit, Cut into Small Pieces
Fresh Herbs

Directions:
Drop in any of these combinations of fruits and fresh herbs into your drinking container then fill with water. Easy! Drink throughout the day to stay hydrated, increase energy levels and nourish your body.


Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple
Fresh Mint
Cucumber
Lime

Citrus Surprise
Orange
Lemon
Lime

Berry Blast
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries

Tropical Tango
Pineapple
Mango
Lime

Cool as a Cucumber
Cucumber
Mint
Lemon



 

Glass Flask: RISE – Made by Fressko
Hawaiian Gold Bangles: [ki•ele]
Instagram: @ki_ele

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Inspiration

Beach Daze

September 24, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Whether summer is beginning or ending, Pura Vida can always bring friends together for an adventure as you chase waves and sunsets. Photographer Nicole Jannesari drew inspiration from the bright colors of Torrey Pines Beach and the greens and browns in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve to create these amazing shots.
Instagram: @nicolejannesari
Tumblr: nicolejannesari.tumblr.com

Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday: Life In Color

May 28, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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This weeks Wanderlust Wednesday is inspired by our Life In Color Original, not so much the concert but the cities that are brought to life by the color they manifest. There’s so much beauty in color, besides the different hues, but that it brings anything it touches to life and it’s universal. Let’s agree that we always need a little more color in our life, the more color the better! Hopefully these colorful neighborhoods will inspire you to bring more color into your home.

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

2. Caminito, Buenos Aires

3. Wroclaw, Poland

4. Santa Maria, Rio De Janeiro

5. San Francisco, California