Create Your Own Zen Garden

April 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Big or small, outside or in, a garden can offer a place of calm, peace and tranquility. Here are some handy tips on how to create your own zen garden even if your green thumb isn’t so green:

1. Keep it to a minimum. Creating a place of serenity is all about open space and feeling light. Your zen garden should feel light and airy, so keep the greenery, furniture and design elements to a minimum. Less is definitely more!

2. Add a place for sand. Whether it be a large, open box in your back yard or a small container on your desk. And don’t forget the rake! Create multiple patterns in the sand to mimic the ripples of the ocean. Don’t you already feel relaxed?

3. Add zen features like Buddha statues, pebbles, stones or rocks.

4. If you have the space and resources, having a small water fountain ups the zen factor by a ton. Hearing the soft sound of trickling water creates positive energy and we could all use more of that!

5. If you don’t have an outdoor space, create a desktop zen garden using a small tray, some sand, a rake and a few stones. When you’re stressed, take a few minutes to create a pattern by drawing in the sand with your rake.

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Happy Birthday to Me: 5 Thoughts on your Big Day

April 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Birthdays are the best days. We’ve lived another 365 days of sunshine, rain and well, a few thunderstorms here and there. As you celebrate each year that passes, take some time to reflect on your past, present and future — kind of like an annual check-up. Then you can get back to party planning, outfit shopping and cake tasting. Promise! Here are 5 thoughts to think about on your big day:

  1. What am I thankful for?
  2. If I died tomorrow, would I have any regrets?
  3. What is my dream job?
  4. Do I show enough gratitude, love and kindness to the people in my life?
  5. Am I the person I want to be? 

What’s your fave way to celebrate your birthday? Comment below!

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Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

April 6, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Craving a sweet and healthy snack? Try our super easy Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl. Recipe below!

2 C Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Banana
1 C Milk (We like coconut obvi!)
Your Toppings of Choice (Bananas, chia seeds, shredded coconut, hemp hearts, honey, granola, fruit, whatever!)


  1. Add the milk, frozen berries and banana in that order to your blender. Cover tightly and turn the power on.
  2. The mixture will be thick so you may need to stop blending and stir every few seconds.
  3. Top with your favourite morning munchies like chia seeds, shredded coconut and banana.

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Tips + Tricks to Make Your Jewelry Last

April 3, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Any good wardrobe has a jewelry collection to match and just like that pair of jeans you had forever, you want your bling to shine like the first day you bought it. Here are a few tips to make your jewelry last:

  1. Store each piece in it’s own bag. Like any precious piece, keep your accessories in the bags or pouches they came with to prevent it from tarnishing and getting scratched. Those clear daily pill boxes also work great for separating everything out and keeping organized.
  2. Apply lotion, perfume and makeup BEFORE your jewelry. The oils and ingredients in your cosmetics can dull your jewelry and build up over time. Remember to put on your jewelry last.
  3. Rinse. I love wearing jewelry to the beach, but when it comes to staying golden, your jewelry doesn’t count. Even the smallest bit of salt can begin to rust any type of metal in a day or two, so remember give your jewelry a good rinse in warm, soapy water along with your bikini.
  4. Clean and polish. Sometimes, accessories are an investment and it’s important to keep them perfectly polished and clean. Use a dedicated jewelry cleaner kit every few months to keep shinin’ on!

‘Salty’ Bar Necklacke: The Orange Bungalow
Compass Pendant Necklace: Sasha Eillenna Jewelry
Pineapple Charm Necklace: Josa Jewelry
Pineapple Charm Bracelet, Coral Ring, Stackable Gold Rings: Tidepool Love

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Must-Have: Travel & Beach-Inspired Pencil Sets

April 2, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


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!

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

Follow Modern Palm:

Wave Kai Ring: VAYA

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Minimalism 101: Home, Work, School

April 1, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Spring cleaning is upon us! Minimize your material things and maximize your zen space with these tips for your home, office space or school.

1. Follow the rules.
If you haven’t used/worn it in a year, it’s broken, has a hole, is stained or doesn’t fit – GET RID OF IT.

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Repurpose old jeans into shorts, recycle your electronics or sew a new button onto your fave sweater instead of throwing it in the trash. If we all made a little bit of effort, we can create a big change together.

3. Do good and donate. There will always be someone out there less fortunate than us, so why not organize a day with your friends to clean out your closets and make a trip to your local clothing drop off or women’s shelter.

4. Clear space, clear mind. Your desk, your bedroom or your kitchen, pick a space you spend a lot of time in and get rid of the clutter. You’ll automatically feel more zen once your surroundings are free from clutter.



5. Just let go. Stuff weighs us down both mentally and physically. Just like a detox for your body, we should regularly cleanse our lives of the material things we bring into it and be mindful of the impact we have on Mother Earth.

So simplify and smile this spring and get ready to feel light and airy!

Deb Neubauer Yoga


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The Art of Slowing Down

March 31, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Instant messages, instant coffee and Instagram. We live in such a fast-paced world that slowing down seems like the last thing on our minds. So here is your official reminder: Slow down! Here are a 6 ways we can all take a break to cherish every single minute and enjoy life:

1. Do less. Funny how although technology is supposed to save us time, it’s actually made us work longer and harder hours. Instead of trying to get everything done at once, prioritize what’s really important, take breaks and let go of the rest.

2. Be present. Thinking about the past and worrying about the future can fog your mind and before you know it, you’re asking yourself, “Where did the time go?”. It takes some practice, but bring yourself into the present moment and be aware of your mind, your body and your surroundings.

3. Disconnect. Leave your phone in the car, at home or better yet schedule a day of the week where you turn it off for the entire day. You’ll start to realize that those few minutes you spend checking e-mails, messages and social media add up to time you should be spending talking with friends, calling your mom or meditating.

4. Focus on people. To give someone your full, undivided attention is the greatest gift you can give. We can be so easily immersed into our own thoughts, technology and the outside world, that we must make an effort to shut out all of those distractions. Listen and connect with people rather than just being in the same room with them.

5. Appreciate nature. Go outside. Run around barefoot in the sand. Take a hike on a local trail or better yet, book a vacation and go on an adventure. Whenever and however you can, always make time to breathe fresh air and revel in Mother Nature’s beauty.

6. Find pleasure in anything. Similar to being present, this takes it a step further. Whatever you’re doing, find the enjoyable aspects of it. Get out of bed and feel the wonderful stretch as you lift your arms above your head. Sip your coffee and really take in the warm aroma. When you learn how to find happiness in the simplest of things, you begin to realize how much there is to be grateful for.

(adapted from Zen Habits)


Monica Justesen
Aaron Nakamura

Eryn Krouse

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Coachella Music Festival: A Survival Kit

March 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


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!

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7 Ways to Have Fun for Free

March 25, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


No matter what day of the week it is, we’re always dreaming of the weekend. Can’t figure out what to do? Save some cash and invest a little time and creativity into these 7 ways to have a great time without spending a dime:

1. Plan Your Dream Trip Online
Any true wanderluster has an on-going list of ‘Places To Go’. Get cozy with your laptop and a giant cup of coffee then pick out hotels, ideal flight times and sights you can’t miss. Your research will come in handy when that magical day comes to make your dream trip become a reality.

2. Write Out Your Bucketlist
We only get one life to do everything we could ever dream of and it’s never too late to start making those dreams come true. The sky’s the limit when it comes to your bucketlist so think BIG. Then post it up somewhere you can look at it every day to keep you focused on the big picture.

3. Have a Photoshoot
Try out new make-up techniques, hair styles and cute outfits with your BFF, then grab your camera and have a photoshoot! Don’t forget to accessorize with Pura Vida Bracelets 🙂 Share the pics or keep them as a reminder of how fun it is to play dress up.

4. Set a Goal. And Make it Happen.
Clean out your closet. Start a fashion blog. Become an artist. Think about something you’ve always wanted to accomplish and write it down. Then set a reasonable timeline and list the steps it will take to make that goal happen. Day by day, work towards crossing off everything from that list and before you know it, you’ll be there!


5. Watch the Sunset
Sunsets are beautiful and no two are the same. They allow us to be present and cherish the moment. Time seems to just slow down as the sun lowers and the skies light up in a spectrum of color – and they’re FREE.

6. Make a Time Capsule
Gather up little trinkets and small symbols that remind of your fondest memories. Put them into a jar and bury it some place special then promise to dig it up in the future. Just don’t forget where you put it!

7. Create Something Original
Draw a picture, try a new recipe, learn to knit, write a poem – just make something. When we make something original, we are embracing our uniqueness and feel happy. Check out some of our DIY tutorials for some inspiration!

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Free Download: Our 6 Favorite Beach Quotes

March 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


Download some free inspiration featuring our 6 favorite quotes about the best place in the world: the beach. Simply hold down on each image and save to your camera roll or drag onto your desktop. Share the love on your social accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram by tagging your posts with #puravidabracelets!

Photos + Design: @katgaskin



Coconut Chai Latte Recipe

March 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall


A little spice is always nice. Add in some creamy coconut milk and you’ve got a recipe for a great morning! Sip on a Coconut Chai Latte using our homemade chai concentrate and bring some warm sunshine to the start of your day.

10 Cardamom Pods, crushed
4 Cinnamon Sticks
8 Cloves
1 piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2.5 C Water
1 Vanilla Bean, cut down center

2 Star Anise
1/2 tsp Allspice
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
5 Black Tea Bags
Small Saucepan
Resealable Glass Jar
Coconut Milk

1) Put everything but the black tea bags into the saucepan over medium-high heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

2) Shut off the heat after 15 minutes and add tea bags to the pot. Steep for 5 minutes.

3) Strain mixture into a glass jar and allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate.

4) To make a Coconut Chai Latte, mix equal amounts concentrate with coconut milk and heat through. You can also add ice for a cool treat!

Original Recipe Here

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

March 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall



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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