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Pura Vida Grand Opening Party!

June 18, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Last Friday we finally got to show off our amazing new HQ to our family and friends at our Grand Opening house warming party! From the food and the cocktails to a DIY denim bar with our PV pins and patches, check out why this night was one for the books!

Drinks from Snake Oil Cocktail

First of all, we want to give a huge shoutout to Snake Oil Cocktail for creating the most beautiful cocktails for our party! Snake Oil specializes in incredible cocktail graffiti, and our guests were definitely wowed with how amazing these cocktails not only looked, but also how they tasted. We couldn’t have been happier to have them be a part of our big night, and they definitely played a huge role in getting the party started!

Food by Elevation Eating

If there ever was a food spread that radiated Pura Vida’s vibe, this is definitely it. Perla from Elevation Eating couldn’t have showcased Pura Vida better in her amazing spread for our party. It’s safe to say everyone was blown away with how incredible everything tasted on top of the tropical presentation of this spread! There was hummus, jalapeño dip (yum!), caprese bites, fruits, veggies, and everything wholesome and delicious, which was the perfect grab and go bites to have during our party.

Donut Bar

How else would we combat a delicious, healthy spread other than with donuts?! Life’s all about balance, right? When it came to party planning, having a donut bar was #1 on the list, so we had to make it happen, of course. From cinnamon crumb (yes please) to vanilla sprinkle, maple, and chocolate, there was an assortment of melt in your mouth donuts for each one of our guests.

Sample Bar

What kind of party would it be if we didn’t offer goodie bags for our guests? We were thankful enough to have some amazing sponsors who let our guests try out their products, which are some of our favorite things! We had coconut mini melts and lip glossies from Kopari – anything coconut oil is always a must-have. Amavara shared some of their sunscreen, which is a zinc-oxide formula that’s reef safe, free of nasty chemicals found in other sunscreens, and safe for the environment and your body. Coola provided some after sun lotion and face setting spray, both necessities for the summer. GoMacro also provided our guests with mini bars for a quick and easy snack on the go! We also had some hard kombucha from JuneShine (a definite crowd favorite) and easy canned cocktails from CutWater Spirits for everyone to enjoy throughout the night.

Photo Booth From Selfie Station

There’s no better way to remember a night than with photos! We want to give another huge thank you to Lucy with Selfie Station for making that possible for our party. Throughout the night, guests were lining up to take photos at the photo booth, which was able to print out your photos immediately to take home and keep for the memories!

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate!

Overall, it was such an incredible night to share our space with loved ones, and even better to see everyone mingling and enjoying themselves. We are so blessed for everyone who made this night possible, and can’t wait for the next one!

FashionLifestyle

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 30, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re still looking for the right gift to get your mom – we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to check out our top picks of *NEW* PV goodies that will make the perfect gift for your mom this year!

FOR THE BANGLE LOVER

Our new Open Stone Cuffs are going to sparkle on the wrists of all the moms out there who can’t get enough of bangles. Whether she loves to stack multiple bracelets at one time, or keeps it simple with one, the stones on these new cuffs will add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Pick out her favorite stone, available in turquoise, moonstone, or chalcedony, and watch her face light up when opening up her gift this year!

Fun fact: Chalcedony promotes good will and absorbs negative energy.

FOR THE MOM WHO LOVES MATCHING SETS

Shop our new mini coin bracelet and necklace for the mom who loves matching her jewelry pieces! These two delicate pieces are available for both gold and silver lovers, and add the perfect touch of sparkle to an every day look.

FOR THE GEM STONE FANATIC

For the mom who loves to wear the traditional Pura Vida style, give her a gift that will add some sparkle and shine to her usual stacks! Our new stone charms, in rose quartz, aqua, chalcedony, or moonstone, are going to spice up any PV collection.

Fun fact: Moonstone carries a highly feminine energy that heals and helps relieve stress.

FOR EVERY MOM

No matter what type of jewelry your mom is into, our dainty Mother’s Day bracelet is the perfect gift to show your mom how much you love her. The simplistic elegance of rose quartz beads with the mini braided string is the perfect combination that can be worn alone or in a stack! Give your mom a gift that’s as beautiful as she is this Mother’s Day that will always remind her of your special bond!

Fun fact: Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love. It opens the heart to all kinds of love and promotes empathy.

Regardless of what style your mom is into, shop our new arrivals to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her this year!

Lifestyle

Pura Vida’s New HQ in La Jolla, CA!

March 19, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Pura Vida’s HQ has moved!

But don’t worry – we’re still in La Jolla! We’ve created a space that’s bigger, better, and the perfect destination for you to visit this summer.

Our brand new headquarters opens up to our new and improved store, where you can shop all of your Pura Vida must-haves, new arrivals, and some unreleased sneak peaks! Not only does the new PV HQ have all the bracelets, jewelry, and clutches that you need, but it’s extremely Insta-worthy due to our incredible Pura Vida mural – designed and painted by our very own graphic designer, Megan Wolfe. Don’t forget to snap a photo and grab yourself an exclusive sticker made of our mural too, which you’ll only find at the Pura Vida HQ!

Step outside of the store and into the work spaces of the creative minds of Pura Vida! You won’t find many concrete walls at the PV HQ – the exterior is strictly windows! Every desk has its own entrance to our wrap around balcony with incredible 180 degree ocean views of La Jolla Cove, Scripps Pier, and Blacks Beach.

Photos from all of our amazing #PuraVidaGoesGlobal adventures taken throughout the years are showcased throughout the office!

In the Pura Vida kitchen, you’ll find kombucha and nitro cold brew on tap to refuel the office during the day. During lunch, the PV team all comes together to hang out in the kitchen and common area to eat lunch, hang out, and challenge one another in a round of ping pong!  We pride ourselves in creating a space where everyone can gather and hang out to take a break from the regular work day.

For anyone having meetings, we have 3 areas for them to use! The Think Tank is our conference room, which is perfect for giving presentations through the TV or bigger meetings. Our 2 quiet rooms are not only beautiful, but well suited for smaller meetings, or when someone from the PV team needs to make a phone call and block out the noise.

Every desk in the office has incredible ocean views, but nothing can top our founders’ offices, with their wrap around sunset viewing and warm ocean breezes.

This is where all the behind the scenes of Pura Vida happens, and we can’t wait to see you here at the new store at our brand new PV HQ!

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8 Tips For Self Care

January 28, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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With the holidays long behind us, getting out of that vacay mode and back into a school/work routine can add to some unwanted stress and anxiety. So we encourage you to focus a little more on you (and treat yourself!) because sometimes you just need to be selfish and indulge in some self care. Read on to discover some of our favorite self care tips to help you unwind, relax, and let go of any stress.

 

1. Get Moving!

With that new gym membership you just got for the New Year, reap some benefits other than getting that summer bod! Exercising makes you happy through the release of endorphins, while reducing the likelihood of depression. If the gym isn’t for you, we suggest getting outside and paddle boarding, going on a walk, or going for a scenic bike ride. And for those days when exercising is definitely not happening, have a mini dance party in your room! Invite your friends over, blast your favorite songs, and dance the day away!

 

2. Indulge in Some Scent Therapy

Nothing beats coming home after an exhausting day, lighting a candle, and lying down. Really, is there anything better? Okay, maybe indulging in some ice cream, but scent therapy can have some amazing benefits! Lavender is known for calming the body, reducing stress, and easing that pesky anxiety. You can never go wrong with a stress reducing candle, but we always love a good DIY to mix with our store bought candles! If you’re feeling up for it, try out our lavender and rosemary air-freshener DIY to keep your room smelling fresh and help put your mind at ease.

 

3. Technology Detox

Consider destressing with a little technology detox every day. Now we don’t mean to throw out your phone and give it up completely, but try setting aside 30 minutes right when you wake up, after work, or before bed to enjoy life screen free. You’ll likely find yourself releasing some anxiety; you may even become more productive or find yourself connecting more with others.

 

4. Talk About It!

Sometimes the best way to let out all those anxious feelings is simply by opening up and sharing what’s on your mind. Whether you talk with a good friend, a family member, or join an online support group (like the one on the ADAA’s website), it’s so important to vent about your feelings and release all the stress you’ve been piling up. Don’t think your problems don’t matter. You are important and deserve to be heard, so scream it from the rooftops if you need to! Trust us, you’ll feel a lot better.

 

5. Create an at home Spa Day

When it comes to self care, don’t forget to treat yourself! Because let’s be real, it’s been a long week, you need to destress, and the spa sounds like the perfect solution. The only issue is that spas can be expensive, so here’s our solution: invite your girls over and bring the spa to you! Try out some fun DIYs, like our DIY pore strips or DIY sugar scrub (it smells incredible, you’ll want to use it every day). Make sure to set the mood and create a calming environment with your favorite scent, some relaxing spa music, and let your mind unwind and destress with your new spa DIYs.

 

6. Meditate

One of the simplest things you can do to help yourself reduce stress and anxiety is meditation! We understand how crazy life can get, between balancing work, a social life, and exercising (seriously, there’s not enough hours in the day), but we promise you’ll benefit from taking 10 minutes out of your day just to sit and meditate. We suggest using Headspace, an app built for meditation anytime and anywhere – so feel free to destress in the morning, during work, or even before bed.

 

7. Write it Down

Remember being little and writing down every little thing that happened in your diary? Writing and journaling can be a great way to destress and unwind from an anxiety filled day and allow your mind to ease. Whether serious writing or doodling is your forte, letting your mind wander and getting creative can be a great way to let go of built up stress! Even something as simple as writing down a list of to-dos or writing down things that didn’t completely go wrong during your hectic day can help. Draw, doodle, write a novel. Whatever way your mind sways creatively will be perfect for throwing that anxiety away.

 

8. Try Something New

We get so sucked into routines – wake up, go to work, work out, go to bed – sound familiar? Don’t forget to try something new! There’s something enticing about finding a new hobby, reading a brand new book, or discovering a new trail. Finding something that can break up your normal routine can be a new outlet to relieve your stress from the day and be a great coping mechanism from anxiety. You may meet new people or discover a new skill, so go try something new that will allow you to relax and unwind – you never know what may come from it!

 

 

Regardless of how you choose to practice self care remember to check in with yourself throughout the day and practice the self love you may be needing. Shop our brand new Anxiety Awareness Style Pack (below)! For every purchase, we’ll donate 10% back to the ADAA.

Do you have any other ways you like to destress? Comment your favorite ways to relax and unwind below.

Giving Back

3 Simple Ways to Protect Our Oceans and Marine Life

December 18, 2018 — by Kristy Ryan

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Not-so-fun fact: Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. As if that’s not scary enough, it turns out this might have an even bigger impact on our precious marine life than we knew.

 

 

One recent study found microplastics—tiny pieces of plastic debris that come from any number of sources—in the gut of every single sea turtle examined (including more than 100 turtles from seven different species). To be exact, more than 800 plastic particles were found in these sea turtles, including everything from rubber bands, balloons and tires to cigarettes and pieces of clothing. The sea turtles often mistake these bits of pollution for food, and in some cases simply aren’t able to avoid all the debris surrounding them.

Young sea turtles are especially likely to mistake to the plastics for food, but sea turtles of all age and species are at risk, including the Pura Vida turtle, Vida, below. So sad!

 

 

Unfortunately, sea turtles aren’t the only ones being harmed by the ever-increasing amount of plastic that’s entering our oceans on a daily basis. Earlier this year, a short-fin male pilot whale died in Thailand after eating more than 17 pounds of plastic bags and packaging. And every year, millions of seabirds suffer the same fate from consuming plastic waste.

This is why it’s crucial for all of us to act right now to help protect our oceans and the marine life living within them. If we don’t, the amount of plastic in the ocean will likely increase tenfold by 2020. And by 2050, that means there would be more plastic than fish in our oceans.

 

 

But enough with the bad news; here’s the good news: We can all make a difference! Big changes start with tiny steps, including three moves you can make right now to reduce your impact and protect our marine life:

 

1. Reduce your plastic usage and waste.

  • Use a reusable cup, mug, or bottle whenever possible.
  • Avoid products with plastic microbeads.
  • BYOS – Bring your own straw!
  • Use Beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap.

Click here to read more strategies to reduce plastic waste!

 

 

2. Attend a beach cleanup

 

Grab some friends or coworkers and organize your own cleanup, or work with a local organization to find a scheduled cleanup at a beach near you! Click here to read more about our recent beach cleanup in San Diego.

 

 

3. Support our partners!

We’ll donate 10% of net sales back to our awesome partners that are helping to keep our beaches and marine life plastic free.

Save the Sea Turtles Bracelet

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. 10% of net profits of this bracelet will be donated to Sea Turtle Conservancy.

 

B.E.A.C.H. Marine Debris Solutions Anklet

Our B.E.A.C.H. – Marine Debris Solutions Anklet benefits B.E.A.C.H. Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that brings awareness and solutions to the problem of marine debris through environmental education, plastic reduction/litter prevention campaigns, and marine debris removal and research.

 

Save the Dolphins Pack

This style pack supports the Oceanic Preservation Society and their mission to expose complex, global environmental issues and promote advocacy through the use of film, photography, social media, and collaboration.

 

 

Thank you for helping Pura Vida and our partners protect our oceans and marine life!

Photos: Griffin ThallLauren Parks

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

Travel

New York City

October 6, 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

Lifestyle

3 Beginner Plants You Cannot Kill

August 13, 2018 — by Courtney Steeves

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With dorm season right around the corner, we wanted to share some of our favorite indoor plants with you. These plants are almost impossible to kill, making them perfect for your new space. Let’s get started!


Aloe

Water  – Every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry
Light – Locate in indirect light with medium brightness

JADE

Water  – Keep soil moist but not wet
Light – Locate in direct light

Devil’s Ivy / Epipremnum aureum

Water  – Every so often when the top inch of the soil is dry
Light – Locate in indirect light with medium brightness

What are your favorite indoor plants? Comment below!

 

 

DIY

Free Compliment Board

August 5, 2018 — by Courtney Steeves

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With school right around the corner, we have decided to share some of our favorite DIY dorm decor ideas! Make someone’s day with this adorable Free Compliment Board. Hang this board on your dorm door and start spreading the love. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:
1) Paper
2) Scissors
3) Pen
4) Cork Board
5) Push Pins

Step 1: Cut paper into small squares

Step 2: Write a compliment on each square piece of paper

Step 3: Pin the compliments to the cork board (we turned our compliments around so they would be a surprise)

Step 4: Set your Free Compliment Board out and make someone’s day!

What compliment would add to the board? Comment below!

Inspiration

Summer Jewels

July 3, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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New season, new jewelry! We have added a whole new look to your summer essentials. Never go a beach day without them! From our cactus set, to the new rings collection we have ya covered. You can never wear too many, so you may as well suit up! Take a peek at how we have styled them this summer. How will you wear yours?

Shop all the jewelry here!

We couldn’t help but wear them all… but who’s counting.

Festival ready with the Cactus earrings!

Have you seen the NEW Rose Gold Wave Ring?!

Cactus necklace!

 

Inspiration

Here’s to summer!

May 31, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Surf’s up! Summer is finally here and we are SO excited! Time to book those trips and explore new places. Where is your dream destination? Currently dreaming of the Hawaiian coast. Pack a bag, grab your friends and get going! SO many places to see, and much to experience. Take Pura Vida Bracelets everywhere! Don’t forget to share your adventures and tag us: #puravidabracelets #livefree

Aloha, ocean!

Most importantly, stay hydrated!

Can you do anything but cheese in the summer sun?

Palm tree paradise!! All the heart eyes for these guys.

Can’t travel without your favorite outfits. Essential, amiright?

Lastly, bracelet game on point!! #armcandy is most important. What is your summer stack?

Never quit being curious. Always explore and learn new things!

Inspiration

Wave Cuff

March 16, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Introducing our newest arm candy! We are so excited to finally get these wave cuffs available to you. With summer just around the corner, we know you are sure to make this a go-to accessory! Find it in silver or gold. With it’s adjustable fit, lightweight and daintiness you can wear it with anything and everything. And trust us– we have been! Both colors are available on the website: puravidabracelets.com

Which one will you choose?

Simplicity is never a bad idea– less is more!

OR, stack them with your other island charms!

How cute are all these charms looking combined with the gold wave cuff?

You can even wear them together!

Order one today. Happy shopping! puravidabracelets.com