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Pura Vida x Surfrider Foundation: Beach Cleanup

June 19, 2019 — by Kristy Ryan

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In honor of International Surf Day on June 15th, Pura Vida sponsored a beach cleanup at La Jolla Shores with the Surfrider Foundation (and a few other awesome local partners, too!). Check out a quick recap and some of our favorite pics below!

At 9am, we collected our gloves and bags, and set off down the beach to start clearing the area of trash, microplastics, and as many other harmful items as possible. We especially kept an eye out for microplastics, as they can be hard to spot and extremely harmful, since they’re easily mistaken for food and can be ingested by marine life.

Once our bags were full, we returned back to the main area to return the trash so it could be sorted and properly disposed of. Everyone that participated in the cleanup was rewarded with a Surfrider bracelet and some other awesome prizes to thank them for their support!

With a morning of hard work behind us, we began a fun day of yoga, cornhole, surfing, and just enjoyed the gorgeous day at the beach.

While we enjoyed the activities on land, Urban Surf 4 Kids, a local outreach organization that works with orphan youth and foster kids, brought out a group of kids for their first surf session!

We closed out the day with the awesome Surfrider volunteers giving a visual presentation on plastic pollution, and great tips and tricks to refuse or reduce single use plastic.

HUGE thanks to our friends at Surfrider San Diego for putting on such an awesome event, and to our partners at Urban Surf 4 Kids, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Capital One, and more for joining! Together, with the help of the 150+ volunteers, we cleaned up over 100 lbs of trash!

Want to help?

Be sure to follow @puravidaevents to stay in the know about other upcoming charity events, including future beach cleanups! You can also shop our Surfrider Foundation bracelet to show your support. For every purchase, we’ll donate 10% of the net sales back to the Surfrider Foundation to further their efforts in keeping our oceans and coasts clean!

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!

Giving Back

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.

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!

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

All about the palm

April 17, 2018 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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NEW NEW NEW! Obsessing over all our palm patterned new arrivals! We are totally set for any beach day. With this matching clutch and round towel we couldn’t be anymore excited to hit the dunes and take a dip in the ocean. We’re loving how all our beach accessories fit perfectly in the Palm Clutch. Throw in your tanning lotion, sun screen, snacks, and your sunglasses! Not to mention how nicely the round towel rolls up to make it easily accessible when bringing it back and forth, place to place.

Shop the featured items: Palm Round Beach Towel + Palm Clutch

 

Who wouldn’t want to be seen lounging on the beach with this towel?

The orange tassel attached to the zipper is the perfect detail!

Check out the cacti interior detailing–So cute!!

Could the fringe on this thing get any better? All the heart eyes!

 

Recipes

Mint Lime Sherbet Mocktail

May 10, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Hosting parties is one of my all time favorite activities to do in the summer! I am so excited to share a crowd favorite mocktail for everyone to enjoy! It is the perfect combo of a float and a cocktail. This yummy mojito inspired drink will leave all your guests refreshed and coming back for seconds!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Water
  2. Club Soda
  3. Limes
  4. Lime Sherbet (softened)
  5. Sugar
  6. Mint leaves

Begin by pouring about half a cup of water into a microwave safe bowl.

Then add 3 tablespoons of sugar.

Place in microwave and heat for 4 minutes. This will create a syrup like substance.

Once it is done heating, take it out of the microwave and put your chopped up mint in with the mixture. Let it sit for 5 minutes.

While we waited we added a scoop of lime sherbet, a cup of club soda, 1/2 cup of lime juice and then topped it off with the water/mint mixture once it was ready.

Add fresh lime slices and mint leaves! Enjoy over ice!

Inspiration

Afternoon Ambience

August 6, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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So maybe summer can’t last forever. Getting back into the swing of everyday life can be exhausting! Don’t let the hustle and bustle get the best of you. Relax and mellow out. Turn on some afternoon acoustic, burn your favorite incense, pour yourself a cup of tea. Vibe to your own rhythm.

 

Take a moment for yourself and do what makes you happy. Don’t clutter your mind with negativity.

Write it all out. Think good thoughts. What inspires you?

Dream it up, whatever it is that keeps your brain busy.

Never stop creating. Think bigger! Always stay inspired and most importantly, do what sets your soul on fire.

photographer: @chelseybishoff

model: @brennaramz

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

Recipes

Working Out with Pitaya Plus

September 26, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Here at the Pura Vida HQ, we have gone absolutely crazy over the Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs. They’re perfect for to enjoy in a bowl with coconut and granola or in a smoothie with other fresh fruits as a pre-workout snack. You can’t go wrong with this superfood and that bright pink color just makes everything look even more delicious. You can learn more about Pitaya Plus on their website: www.pitayaplus.com.
Photographer: Colt Cannon

Inspiration

Guppie the Puppie’s Arrival

September 25, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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In honor of our newest office mate arriving at Pura Vida recently, this post is all about man’s best friend. From the accessories that your dog just NEEDS to a healthy recipe you can whip up for them, we’ve got you covered. Oh and you get to meet Guppie too!

Baby’s 1st Photos

Your dog should obviously be the most stylish pup on the block, so in order to ensure this here are some accessories that should do the trick.

 7 Pet Accessories your Dog Needs 

1. These beach inspired dog toys (Harry Barker)

2. This ombre collar / leash set (Found My Animal)

3. This fashionable dog carrier for the days you just can’t bear to leave them behind (Found My Animal)

4. This dog bed that won’t completely clash with your decorating style.

5. These swedish dog food canisters that actually look nothing like a dog food canister (Cloud7)

6. And this adorable french bulldog puppy pillow because why not? (Cloud7)

Your mouth waters everytime you pass by a bakery with tempting delectables in the window, so why should your pup not feel the same way? Give him a special (and healthy) treat every now and then, and watch him fall in love right before your eyes.

A Healthy Treat :
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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats
(Recipe from: My Baking Addiction)
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Ingredients
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour)
3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour
3 Tbsp of all natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Enjoy!

Follow guppie_the_puppie on Instagram and shop our French Bulldog Rescue Bracelet and other Animal Awareness Bracelets!

Recipes

5 Reasons Why You Should Juice

September 23, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Juicing. It’s everywhere. Being seen with a fresh juice in hand has never been more trendy. Instagram feeds are blowing up with images of people posing with their juices. Even better, it’s not a bad fad to follow at all. Juicing has endless benefits to it, not even including the cool Iinstagram posts you’ll get from it.

Here are 5 reasons why you should start juicing: 

1.Since juicing removes the indigestible fiber found in the outside of fruits and vegetables, nutrients are available in much higher quantities than if one just ate the fruit or vegetable whole. Juicing therefore allows us to better absorb all the nutrients in these drinks and get more bang for our buck.

2. Many people struggle with getting the correct amount of vegetable servings each day. 5 to 8 servings of vegetables are suggested, but that is nearly impossible to get every day. Juicing can contain all of these servings all wrapped up into one delicious, hip, and nutritional drink.

3. A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help cure or prevent thousands of illnesses even. Green vegetables, for example, contain phytochemicals that can offer protection against cancer causing substances. Citrus fruits also help fight cancer causing substances through making it easier for your body to remove carcinogens.

4. Of course, by juicing we also get the traditional nutrients offered by these foods such as vitamin C (mango, grapefruit, kiwi), vitamin A (kale, broccoli, beets), and vitamin E (avocado, blueberries, blackberries). Fruit juices are also a good source of essential minerals like copper, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and iron.

5. It looks awesome. The colors that turn out from juicing various fruits and vegetables are ridiculous. Add some beets to your juice, the color will be the most vibrant pink, add carrots, it’ll turn out an amazing orange color. It’s fun to mix up your own combos too. A great combination to try out is carrot, apples, lemon, orange, and ginger. With all the nutrients from these various fruits and vegetables, this is not only a delicious, amazingly colored drink but also a boost to your immunity.

There’s no reason not to try juicing. Just from looking at all the health benefits from having a juice, one can see how nutritional it really is. And if that doesn’t convince you, at least think about how cool your Instagram feed is going to look.

  Check out our favorite Juicery and shop our Solids