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Pumpkin Patch

October 30, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Is it actually Fall if you didn’t spend a chilly afternoon at a pumpkin patch picking your favorite ones? This is a tradition a lot of us make sure to check off the list every year. I love browsing through the endless rows looking for the perfect one to take home with me! It really get’s you in the Autumn mood when you grab your group of pals, family members or significant other and spend a day in the pumpkin patch!

Which kind of pumpkin do you usually go for?

Found the most perfect one for carving!

Feelin’ all the Halloween vibes. It’s one of my all time favorite holidays!

Say cheeeeese!

Picked my pumpkins and took some cute pics along the way. Now time to go home, make some hot cocoa and carve them!

Lifestyle

Central Park Picnic

October 9, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Started off the Fall season in the best way we knew how! We took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed off to have lunch in Central Park. It doesn’t get any more picture perfect than this! With all of our favorite snacks present and lots of lemonade, we enjoyed the company of one another! Tons of laughs, polaroids taken, and popcorn fights were had. What better way to spend a cool, crisp afternoon in New York City? I think we all agreed that there truly couldn’t have been a dreamier picnic. It was straight out of a story book! We even had other people stop by to take photos of the beautiful spread!

Time spent with friends is never wasted!

What snacks would you bring to your picnic?

Gotta snap a Polaroid or it didn’t happen. amiright?

Take a look at our spread! Name something prettier. I’ll wait…

These pretzels were HUGE! They were made for sharing. And so are laughs! We encourage you to get outside with your family and friends and enjoy the new season. Happy Fall!

photos: Jeff Isy, Bryce Miller + Chelsey Bishoff

In photos: Chelsey Bishoff, Hailey Miller, Stacie Elmer, Jasmin Manzano, Vanessa Skaggs

DIY

Fairy Garden

January 29, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Okay, so how cutie are fairy gardens? We have been seeing them all over the place so we figured it was time to make one of our own! The fun part is that we found the base of our garden in vintage stores. We are using a milk glass bowl from the 1930’s! Isn’t that neat? DIY’s are much more fun when you get to make it your own. Use whatever materials you want to make your fairy garden exactly how you like!

Supplies:

  1. Bowl/container for the base
  2. Dirt and moss (faux or real)
  3. Mini house or any other fairy accessories
  4. Pebbles

Begin by packing in the dirt

We dug up some moss from the yard. Add that on top of the dirt.

Next, is the best part! Add all the “fairy” accessories you would like. We decided to place a mini house and use pebbles as a walk way.

Sweet and simple!

We accompanied ours with some plants and a yummy candle to get the vibe we were going for!

DIY

Yarn Wall Hanging

August 30, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Simple simple and a beautiful accessory for any room! I am all about quick and easy. So, you can image how excited I am to share this DIY with you. Many of you have asked for more DIY wall hangings…so here we go! Most of my wall accessories are handmade. It’s so much fun to personalize your space and even have a few bragging rights when your friends ask where you got something. Don’t forget to check out some previous blogs on here to see even more!

What you will need:

  1. Yarn
  2. Stick
  3. Scissors

First begin by cutting 5 very long strands of string: about 3-4 feet. This will make up one bundle. Once you cut all 5 pieces the same length, fold in half so the ends touch. Put the middle fold under the horizontal stick as you see below. Repeat this step 1ox. You should have 10 bundles of string.

Now, bring up the ends to meet the middle loop at the top. Loop the ends through the fold as seen below. Repeat this step for all the bundles of string.

Here is what the final bundles should look like on the post.

In order to get the final tapered look to this wall hanging, take your scissors and cut down at an angle on both sides with the ending point being the very center. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, sometimes rugged is better.

DIY

Feather Candle Holder

March 5, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We’re always looking for new ways to add to our space. The more the better! What are your favorite accessories in your room? We think this may be your new favorite! It’s a super simple glass cylinder wrapped in boho feathers. Set a candle in it and whoa, watch your space GLOW up! SO beautiful. Follow along and watch how to make!

What you will need:

  1. Glass cylinder
  2. Feathers
  3. Hot glue gun + glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Candle + candle holder

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Step one: Pick a place to begin on the jar. Start by snipping the end of the feather. You want to leave just a little bit, but majority should be cut off for the best result.

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Put a dab of hot glue at the bottom where you will secure the end of the feather stem.

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Continue to do this all the way around. We thought it looked best to use a variety of feathers when gluing around the vase.

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Once you have covered the glass cylinder, put the candle in the center and place anywhere in your room! We decided to pair ours with a few crystals and salt lamp.

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Do you love it as much as we do??

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DIY

Feather Wall Hanging

January 26, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Fill your space with indie vides with this DIY feather wall hanging. Perfect for a rainy day craft when you’re stuck inside. Whether you are wanting to add to the atmosphere of your bedroom or fill in a gap, this will work perfectly. It’s small size makes it easy to place anywhere, as well! All you’ll need are a few different materials. You can totally get creative and personalize this to fit you also. We chose to work with some jute, lace, gold ribbons and some feathers!

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We started in the middle and worked our way to the outside. Choose which material you want to work with first, and secure it to the top by knotting it. Feel free to make your strands as long or as short as you would like. You can also decide whether you want your strands to be in a pattern or random. We thought it would be funky to just go for it and place our materials at random!!

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Add some texture by braiding some of the different pieces together!

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It can become repetitive, so the more texture the better!

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Once you cut your pieces to the length you like, add a feather at the end of select strands! Just secure the feather by double knotting it to the end of your string.

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Double up some layers, braid here and there and BAM! There ya have it. SO cute, right? To hang, cut a piece of jute long enough to stretch end to end with enough slack to hang at your preferred length. Then just tack it up!

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Inspiration

Autumn Air

October 7, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Ah, crisp air, colorful pumpkins and hot coffee! All the essentials for the perfect Autumn day. What are your favorite Fall festivities? Tag us in your instagram photos wearing your go-to stack while adventuring the season! Follow our blogger, @chelseybishoff as she enjoys the day!

Hmmm, which one…

You can never go wrong with dainty white blossoms!

Don’t forget warm coffee in your favorite mug to keep ya nice and toasty.

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Photographer: @michellebishoff, @chelseybishoff

DIY

DIY Moon Phase Wall Hanging

June 23, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Stay wild moon child! What gypsy wouldn’t want this hanging in their room? It makes for the most perfect, calming finishing touch to your space full of gems and wonder. We’re not sure about you guys, but we adore simple, handmade treasures to decorate with– so we just HAD to create this one. What makes it even better is that almost all the supplies can be found in your craft drawer at home! Want the in on how we did it? Come on, we’ll take you step by step– Follow us!!

What you’ll need:

1) Thin cardboard (we used an empty cereal box)

2) Jute or any sort of string you prefer

3) Scissors, tape and pencil

4) Silver or gold paint along with a paint brush

5) A small rock or heavy bead

6) A twig
 

Get Started:

Step 1:

Start by using your pencil to draw two circles. You may want to use a household item to trace around to form a perfect circle. (We used the base of a candle.)

After you have both circles, you will draw two crescent moons. (If you need to trace thats okay, too. There aren’t any rules to this game… phew!)

Lastly, you will draw the main crescent that will be placed in the middle. This one will have a deeper arch, resembling the letter“C.”

Step 2:

One by one paint each moon. We used silver as the main base coat. After that dried, we went in on top of it and added some gold glitter so it would shine just a bit. But you can do whatever you like.

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Step 3:

After allowing the paint to fully dry, tape the jute onto the backs of the cardboard cutouts in correct order to create the phases of the moon! (As shown in the photo below) Make sure to also leave a good bit of leftover jute at the top and bottom.

Step 4:

Tie the rock or bead to the bottom of the jute. This will weigh it down just enough to keep the jute totally straight.

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Step 5:

Take the moon phase wall hanging and tie it in the middle of the twig.

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After that’s tied, take another strand of jute to create the hanger.

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Hooray! Now you have a beautiful new piece for your room that cost you close to nothing and took no time! How’s that for a fun DIY? Thanks for checking in on all the neat crafts going on here at Pura Vida. Stay tuned for our next post!

 

Photographers: @michellebishoff, @chelseybishoff

Travel

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!

Fashion

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!

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Travel

ULTRA Music Festival: A Survival Kit

March 12, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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In 2 weeks, one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals will descend upon Miami. Are you ready? Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with our ULTRA Music Festival survival kit. Don’t forget:

  • Sunglasses
  • Bright, Colorful Clothing
  • Fun Bikinis/Swimwear
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Your BFFs
  • Things That Glow
  • Ear Plugs
  • Advil
  • Cash
  • Patience and a Smile
  • Pura Vida Bracelets! (duh)






What are your ULTRA essentials? Comment below and share this post!

Travel

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.

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