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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!

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Adopt Don’t Shop – The Barking Lot, San Diego

April 23, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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When you mix incredible Spring weather with happy pups, what could be better?! This past weekend, the Pura Vida Team enjoyed a beautiful Sunday in San Diego walking some adorable rescue dogs that are available for adoption from The Barking Lot!

We teamed up with The Barking Lot, a volunteer-run non-profit that rescues dogs from euthanasia and helps find their forever homes. Since 2016, they’ve also been rescuing dogs from the illegal meat trade in Thailand with their partner, the Soi Dog Foundation. To say we were excited to get outdoors and spend some time walking these dogs was an understatement. The weather in San Diego finally started to warm up, so it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning.

It was such an incredible experience to grow special bonds in just an hour with these pups, and one of our team members even put in an application for her the puppy she walked (we’re crossing our fingers for her)! We learned some of the heartbreaking stories behind our dogs, and a few of us were able to spend our time with dogs that were saved from the illegal dog meat trade. Despite their past, all of the dogs were so excited, happy, well behaved, and definitely made us happy for the hour we got to spend with them.

I think we made them just as happy as well!

If you live in southern California, check out The Barking Lot when searching for a furry friend to add to your family. You can also show your support for other cats and dogs in need of a forever home by purchasing our Karma Cat + Zen Dog bracelet! For every bracelet purchased, we’ll donate 10% of net sales to the organization to further their efforts in rescuing homeless animals.

Adopt, don’t shop.

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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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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 1, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, who are you spending it with?! Whether a romantic date night or a Galentine’s night in is more your style, I have created the perfect gift guide to help you shop for whoever your Valentine may be!

for your girls

For the flower lover in your life, shop our new daisy collection.

The daisy collection is perfect for the free spirit who loves to collect flowers and gets excited about the little things in life. She’s the girl who loves small, dainty pieces, and gives off the best kind of energy. If this sounds like your Valentine, then she will fall in love with our daisy charm, daisy ring, and daisy choker!

 

For the adventurer, shop our Sierra collection.

If your Valentine is someone who is always spending her time outdoors, enjoys hiking, and loves to be one with nature and the wildflowers, then the Sierra collection is the perfect gift for her! The Sierra charm will always remind her of her favorite outdoor adventures, and the Sierra necklace and earring set will be her way of staying close to nature when she can’t be outside exploring it.

 

For the ocean lover, shop our wave collection.

Our wave collection is the perfect gift for your bohemian Valentine who spends her days at the beach, in the water and soaking up rays. The wave charms (in gold, silver, rose gold, and black), will show off her personality through the variety of string colors while staying in great condition due to its waterproof design. Help her add to her awesome jewelry collection with our wave charm, and she’ll love bringing a piece of the beach with her anywhere she goes.

 

for your guys

For the city guy, shop our Pura Vida cuffs.

If your Valentine is into trendy pieces and stacking on jewelry, then our Pura Vida cuff is the perfect gift for him! He’s the guy with rad street style and is always keeping up with the latest fashion trends. The simplicity of our PV cuff (in silver, gold, and black) is the perfect touch of jewelry for him without being too distracting. This cuff will be something that he loves and it will become a staple in his wardrobe!

 

For the surfer dude, shop our black wave charm.

Men’s jewelry is becoming more and more popular, which makes our black wave charm perfect for the man you’ll be calling your Valentine! If your guy is always heading to the beach, but also loves to wear simple bracelets, the black wave charm is perfect for him. Pair it with our black flat braided bracelet or our midnight thunder original (or both!) to gift him a stack he’ll love!

 

For everyone

For the charity supporter, shop our charity collection.

Our charity bracelets are the perfect thoughtful gift for those who love to give back. The animal lover in your life will be overjoyed knowing their new bracelet went towards a cause helping marine life (B.E.A.C.H. anklet), and the humanitarian will feel good knowing their bracelet is helping aid in breast cancer prevention (Boarding 4 Breast Cancer) or mental health awareness. Each charity bracelet donates 10% of net profits back to its corresponding charity, so give your Valentine the gift that just keeps giving – they will be thrilled to know they’re supporting a cause they love.

Shop any of the pieces in this gift guide and many others on our website to get the perfect gift for your Valentine! What are your Valentine’s Day plans this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Meet our (Original!) Artisans: Jorge & Joaquín

February 1, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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In the summer of 2010, a college graduation trip to Costa Rica turned into a life-changing business venture for two Southern California friends, Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman.

While traveling through Costa Rica, Griffin and Paul crossed paths with two bracelet artisans named Jorge and Joaquín. The colorful handmade bracelets they were selling seemed to capture the essence of their journey. No one would have expected for this casual encounter to grow into the successful partnership that it is today, and we’re so proud to say that Jorge and Joaquín are still an integral part of our growth!

Pura Vida’s original artisans, Jorge and Joaquín, on the beach in Costa Rica where they first met Paul and Griffin, selling bracelets on their original table, 8 years later!

We could talk all day about how amazing our partnership has been with these two, but we thought it would be more fun to hear the story directly from Jorge and Joaquín, while also getting to know our friends that truly started it all!

Meet Jorge!

Where were you born and raised?
Born in San Jose Costa Rica. And raised in San José and Heredia.

How long have you and Joaquín known each other?
About 15 years.

Before Pura Vida Bracelets, what did you do for a living?
Travel through Central America selling crafts…

Where did you meet Paul and Griffin?
In Playa Dominical, in Costa Rica…we were selling on the beach when they embarked with a classic bracelet in his hand and asked to us 300 of them but in many colors.

How exactly are the bracelets made?
100% with your hands. A knot for here, a knot for there. You use the chain to make, but the limit is the imagination. You can make an infinite number of designs….

How long have you been making the bracelets?
Actually 15 years….

Where did you learn to make them?
Joaquin teach me, hahahaha. Joaquín and other friends teach me. But above all Joaquín.

Favorite bracelet?
Undoubtedly, the black anchor with gray thread….

How has working with Pura Vida impacted your life?
Certainly, changed all my life and all the life that surrounds me, family and friends, everything is completely different. Pura Vida helps many people and it is good to know. And it feels so good to be totally involved in that support.

What is your favorite part about working with Pura Vida?
Freedom. Working with Pura Vida is different, it’s like the phrase, It’s Pure Life. Sometimes work is hard, but you can feeling good.

What does “Pura Vida” mean to you?
Basically everything. It’s not just a job, It’s something that involves everything, not just your family and friends, also all your time, your spaces and even thoughts in day to day.

Favorite vacation spot? Or the best place to visit off the beaten track?
I like Montezuma beach…but the best place will always be Cahuita in Limón.

 

Meet Joaquín!

Where were you born and raised? What was that like?
I was born in Heredia, Costa Rica which is a lay back place with fresh climate. I was always surrounded by family, friends, music and skateboards.

How long have you two known each other?
We’ve known each other for 15 years, we used to get together and talk about books, music and crafting.

Before Pura Vida Bracelets, what did you do for a living? 
I used to travel all over Central America with Jorge and other friends selling handicrafts.

Where did you meet Paul and Griffin?
I met them in Playa Dominical (Dominical beach), we used to visit this place and sell handicrafts, they came up to us with an idea and a proposal and we accepted the challenge.

How exactly are the bracelets made? 
The bracelets are made with raw material on hand, string, scissors, fire and with creativity.

How long have you been making them? 
Hmmm… lots of time.

Where did you learn to make them? 
I used to hang out with friends that are artisans outside the National University and they transmitted the knowledge of crafting. With what I learned I created my own style.

Favorite bracelet?
My favorite style will always be the classic bracelet, since it was the beginning of all.

How has working for Pura Vida impacted your life? 
The jump has been huge, a lot of responsibilities but most of all the pride of knowing that many people are benefit by this family, friends and artisans.

What’s your favorite part about working with Pura Vida?
Pura Vida is a company run by two incredible people. It is a pleasure to be able to work with them.

What does “Pura Vida” mean to you? 
Pura Vida is a source of opportunities, it is the smile and pleasure of seeing the artisan take home the results of their effort and the pleasure of knowing that the bracelet makes the bearer smile.

Favorite vacation spot?
My favorite place is Monteverde, I like places with biodiversity with fresh weather, rain and wild animals.

 

 

COmment your favorite bracelet style below, and Check back next week to get to know some of our artisans in Costa Rica!

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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.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 21, 2019 — by Kayla Holmes

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Pura Vida Team came together to participate in a Day of Service hosted by the Human Rights Campaign San Diego. Inspired by MLK’s words and a shared commitment to our community and equality, we helped assemble 700 (!!!) backpacks of toiletries, snacks, and other essentials for San Diego’s homeless youth, of which more than 20% are LGBTQ.

Our team, along with over 100 other volunteers, created an assembly line to put together the backpacks! Items included shampoo, conditioner, combs, granola bars, and so many more essentials we use every day.



It was such an amazing opportunity to join the San Diego community and do something good in remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr. None of this would have been possible without our amazing Charity Coordinator, Kristy!

We highly encourage you to grab your friends, family, or coworkers, and get out to do something good in your community to celebrate as well!

 

If you want to learn more about the Human Rights Campaign, you can read about them here and be sure to check out any upcoming events they’re hosting in your community.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Handcrafted Fall Jewelry

October 7, 2018 — by Jasmin Manzano

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Autumn is here, and so is our amazing fall jewelry!

Our new collection is finally here, featuring a ton of super-cute styles you’re *so* going to be obsessed with.

Even better: Each piece was handcrafted and polished by our amazing artisans in India, and your purchase helps provide them with a steady job and fair wages!

You can shop the whole Fall Jewelry collection here.

Photography: Keerthana Dinesh

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Coffee Bath

January 11, 2017 — by Courtney Steeves

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Need a quick way to warm up and reenergize during these cold months? We have just the thing. A Coffee Bath! Coffee Baths are nourishing for dry skin and they smell AMAZING. Take some time to pamper yourself. You deserve it!

What You’ll Need:
1) Coffee scrub (Make one yourself or use a pre-made one. We used frank body.)
2) Essential oil
3) Candles
4) A good book
5) Tea

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img_4211Step 3: Grab a good readimg_4208Step 4: Grab a mug of warm teaimg_4222Step 5: Relax and Enjoy!img_4225Did you know that Pura Vida Bracelets are 100% waterproof?!  Don’t worry about taking your bracelets off before getting into your Coffee Bath. Wearing your bracelets in water only enhances the natural look and feel.  YAY!
How do you stay warm during these cold months?

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6 New Year’s Resolutions that Will Actually Improve your Life

December 29, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Take some time to reflect back on your year and look forward to the next 365 days by setting a New Year’s Resolution that will actually improve your life. Here are 6 ideas to get you inspired to make 2016 your best year yet!

1) Focus on loving yourself and accepting your body for what it is. When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, say out loud ‘I love you’ to your reflection with a smile. It sounds so weird, but practice this every day for a year!

2) Work on improving your brain and read one new book every month. Mix it up with different themes like non-fiction, self-improvement, fiction, romance, biographies or even recipe books to get your brain training in full gear.

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3) Unleash your inner artist and challenge your creativity. Promise to start a new way of expressing yourself each month like creative writing, painting, dance, sketching, design, photography, etc. There’s an artist in all of us!

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4) Be the kindest person you know. Write this down on a sticky note and post it up somewhere you’ll see it every day. Work towards doing small deeds for strangers, loved ones and your community throughout the year. This could be volunteering for a few hours at the local shelter, mowing your neighbours lawn or babysitting without complaining.

5) Find your true happiness. If you think about how many years we get to live on this wonderful planet and the amount of time in that life we devote to making other’s happy, it’s kind of crazy. Why not make 2016 the year you devote entirely to finding your own true happiness? Take that trip you’ve always dreamed of, pursue that job you know you’re worthy of or tell that special someone you love them even if they have no idea who you are!

6) Live a simpler life. Instead of accumulating and keeping things throughout the year, concentrate on editing the things in your life that you no longer require. This could be in the form of toxic relationships, emotional baggage, clothes you don’t wear anymore, extra “luxuries” you could technically live without (TV, manicures, that pair of new shoes…)

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Coco Ho X Pura Vida

December 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with one of surfing’s most talented, driven and youngest female pros, Coco Ho (@xococoho).

As the youngest woman to ever qualify for the World Tour at the age of 17, Coco Ho wants to motivate other girls to break through barriers and pursue their passions. Through her perseverance, hard work and courage, she’s not just an athlete, but a true inspiration.

Check out how Coco rocks her bracelets on the beaches in her hometown of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Willie Kessel
@williekessel

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20 Reasons We Love Winter

December 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Winter is here, “weather” you like it or not and well, we LOVE it! You may not be surrounded by majestic mountains capped with snow (if you are, then can we come visit?), but cold weather brings people together, so we can share the warmth, love, and connection of the season. Here are 20 reasons we love winter:

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1) Hot chocolate and chai lattes.

shutterstock_2297579382) Oversized sweaters and tights.

BLOG-SWEATERS3) Thick wool socks and winter boots.

DSC_0310-1-24) Snowflakes.

Snowflake5) The crackling noises from the fireplace.

Fireplace6) Ice skating.

Skating7) Skiing/snowboarding/tobogganing.

Snowboarding8) Decorating holiday cookies then eating most of them.

HolidayCookies9) Wearing sequins to holiday parties.

SequinDress10) Ugly Christmas sweaters.

ChristmasSweater11) Spending quality time with family.

Family12) Sending/receiving Christmas texts to/from your friends.

TextMessages13) Waking up to snow-covered everything.

SnowCoveredEverything14) Icicles.

Icicles15) Holiday movie marathons.

ChristmasMovies16) Giving presents.

GivingPresents17) A much needed break from school and/or work!

WorkBreak18) Setting your New Year’s Resolutions.

Reflecting19) Planning NYE.

NYEPlanning20) Yummy, hearty, winter comfort-food dinners.

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Have you checked out our New Arrivals for the New Year? >>

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