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Travel

Must-Have: Travel & Beach-Inspired Pencil Sets

April 2, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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!

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

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Wave Kai Ring: VAYA

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Lifestyle

Minimalism 101: Home, Work, School

April 1, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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.


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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!

Photos:
Deb Neubauer Yoga

 

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Lifestyle

The Art of Slowing Down

March 31, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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)

Photos:

Monica Justesen
Photographer
Aaron Nakamura
Photographer
@AaronNakamura

Eryn Krouse

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Travel

Coachella Music Festival: A Survival Kit

March 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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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Lifestyle

7 Ways to Have Fun for Free

March 25, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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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Downloads

Free Download: Our 6 Favorite Beach Quotes

March 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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

 

Recipes

Coconut Chai Latte Recipe

March 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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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.

Ingredients:
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
Strainer
Resealable Glass Jar
Coconut Milk

Directions
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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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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Recipes

Detox Fruit Water Recipes

March 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Spring cleaning shouldn’t just be for your closet. Cleanse and rid your body of toxins with these healthy and delicious detox fruit water recipes.


Ingredients:
Portable Drinking Container (We love this leakproof Made by Fressko flask, which comes with a handy infuser, perfect for fruit or tea.)
Fruit, Cut into Small Pieces
Fresh Herbs

Directions:
Drop in any of these combinations of fruits and fresh herbs into your drinking container then fill with water. Easy! Drink throughout the day to stay hydrated, increase energy levels and nourish your body.


Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple
Fresh Mint
Cucumber
Lime

Citrus Surprise
Orange
Lemon
Lime

Berry Blast
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries

Tropical Tango
Pineapple
Mango
Lime

Cool as a Cucumber
Cucumber
Mint
Lemon



 

Glass Flask: RISE – Made by Fressko
Hawaiian Gold Bangles: [ki•ele]
Instagram: @ki_ele

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Lifestyle

9 Things That Will Be Cool Forever

March 13, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Trying to keep up with trends can be tiring and at the end of the day, it’s not about adapting to what’s hip and trendy, it’s about remaining classic and timeless all on your own. Here are our top 9 things will be cool forever:

  1. Clueless – This coming of age movie is a staple in any girl’s movie collection. From fashion tips to relationship advice to learning about yourself, this timeless movie has it all.
  2. Disney World – Where the youthful, naive child in us comes alive. No matter what age you are, the whimsy of Disney World is infectious and can turn any person old or young into a playful, imaginative and energetic kid at heart.
  3. Faded Denim Shorts – Fashion trends come and go, but a pair of ripped worn-in denim shorts will live on forever. You can dress them up, down and around for any occasion.
  4. Converse All-Stars – A classic pair of black Converse All-Stars are the most versatile footwear you can ever own. And the plus? The more you wear them, the better they look.
  5. Beach Cruisers – Pedalling around in style on a vintage beach cruiser bike will always be cool.
  6. XXL Sweatpants – The bigger the sweatpants the better and the more you wash them, the softer and cozier they get. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you wore them to the grocery store.
  7. Birthday Parties – You’ve made it another year so you should celebrate and surround yourself with the people and things you love!
  8. Pura Vida Bracelets – When you can set trends and stand out all while giving back to a great cause, that’s the coolest thing you can ever do.
  9. Being Yourself – Ultimately, the things you own can only increase your “cool” factor by so much. What really matters is being confident, true to yourself and embracing your uniqueness.


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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)






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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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