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Aloha Weekend!

July 8, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Who’s ready to get this weekend started? Headed anywhere wild? We are itching to sink our toes in the sand and feel the sunshine on our skin! There’s no other way to feel the bliss of summer time other than chillin’ out by the shore. Come along and take part on our island adventure!

Can we all take a moment and pause because this is palm paradise!

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Dock side hangs and takin’ it easy.

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Summer adventures call for hammocks, sunnies and your favorite Pura Vida bracelets, duh!

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Nothing but smiles and sunshine

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Ended our day the best way we knew how- cruising on a yacht!

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So long beach bums! We want to hear about your sea days. Tag your favorite vacay spots featuring your bracelets to #puravidabracelets on instagram.

Stay salty!

Photographer : @shana__banana

Lifestyle

American Honey

June 30, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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June is over? Julying. Who else is making exciting plans for this month? July 4th is one of our favorites and we are so pumped for everything we have going on! This year, we’re making sure we deck out with our red, white and blue arm candy. Can’t celebrate the 4th without Pura Vida bracelets, duh! Wherever you find yourself this holiday make it count and look cool, too!

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Shine on, babes.

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Keep your tummy happy and bring along a refreshing snack on your 4th adventures.

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SPARKLERS!

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Enjoy your crazy day! Sending all our love. See ya next time!

Photographer: @michellebishoff

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

Travel

How To Make Your Next Vacation Life-Changing

August 31, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Sometimes we can get stuck in a vacation rut. Here are some tips to make your next trip one you’ll never forget!

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1) Travel by yourself. Go on a solo trip and we promise you’ll learn so many new and different things not only about the place you’re exploring, but also about yourself.

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2) Travel with a tour group. With popular travel tour groups like Life Before Work, booking your next vacation with a group is a great way to travel with like-minded people within your age range. You are guaranteed to make awesome friends and experience unique adventures in exciting destinations all while using the buddy system. Stay safe!

3) Stay at a local’s house. Skip the expensive hotels and live like a local by booking your accommodations using sites like Airbnb, HomeAway or FlipKey. These sites also offer up a fun variety of housing options including apartments, houses, mansions, houseboats, tree houses and yachts!

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4) Talk to the locals. Sure, it’s great to do some pre-trip Internet research on the best beaches, restaurants and activities, but there’s nothing as authentic as local knowledge. When you’re grabbing your morning coffee, politely ask the barista where to go and what to see. Or maybe that cute waiter can guide you in the right direction of the most beautiful secluded beach on the island. This way, you’re guaranteed a whole different kind of trip better than one you could ever read about on some website.

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5) Take a hike. No matter where you are in the world, your best mode of transportation are your two legs. Grab a map and do some research on some easy day hikes. You’ll find that time slows down, the air becomes fresher and BONUS hiking is a free work out. Woo! More room for dessert.

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6) Splurge on one excursion. Helicopter ride along the Nā Pali Coast? Sure. Cage diving with sharks in Australia? Yep! Watching baby turtles hatch in Costa Rica? Sign me up. Pick out one epic thing to do on your trip to really make it worth it cuz #yolo. When else will you back at your destination any time soon anyway?

Photos:
Taylor Fischer
Chasing Summer Productions

@taylorfishcer116

Happy vacationing PV fans. Comment some tips on how you like to travel below.

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Travel

Ciao from Italy!

August 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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If anyone knows how to live free, it’s our founder Griffin Thall (@griffinthall). He took a little break from the office life to explore the coastline of Italy and experience la dolce vita. Thanks for the beautiful photos Griff, now get back to work! 😀

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Sailing the Seas in Greece

August 5, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We spent a day sailing around the Aegean Sea exploring the islands on Life Before Work’s Yacht Life Tour (@lbwyachtlife) of Turkey and Greece. Time to get salty ocean lovers!

Life Before Work Travel offers backpacking tours in the most amazing destinations on earth! Join them on a tour and discover what ‘Life Before Work‘ is all about. Instagram: @lifebeforework

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Thanks to the beautiful Kelsey Roberts (@k_rob9) and Melissa Troia (@melroseplace22) for the fun photoshoot! 

Photos:
Kat Gaskin
@katgaskin

 

 

Travel

Destination: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

July 12, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Cool breeze, palm trees and waves for days. If you ever wanted to visit a surfer’s paradise, then book your next trip to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.

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This laid back Central American town is full of vibrant culture, delicious local cuisine and tropical sunsets you’ll definitely want to share on Instagram. As a popular tourist spot, there’s always something to do: shop at the local markets, play beach volleyball under the sun, catch some waves at the nearby breaks OR just take a nap in a hammock all day.

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If you’re looking for a more relaxing evening, you can always watch the sunset over the bay as you sip on an ice cold Toña from one of the many restaurants that line the entire beach.

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Just outside San Juan Del Sur sit beautiful, almost deserted beaches with cute oceanside eateries where you can grab fresh fish tacos and papaya pineapple smoothies while you watch the waves. Don’t forget to roam the shore for beach treasures!

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Need some help planning your next Nica vacay?

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Spend a week with Barefoot Surf Travel surfing some of the best breaks with local guides. Their trips include accommodations, breakfast, surf theory classes, transportation to/from only the best beaches around Nicaragua and most importantly, daily instruction from the raddest surf guides EVER. If you want learn more than just how to surf, but also how to read waves, get passed the break and to become an actual surfer, a week with Barefoot Surf Travel should be in your very near future!

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Travel

How to Pack Light for your Next Beach Vacation

June 10, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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With such a serious case of wanderlust, we’re always thinking of ways to save money, time and minimize the stress of journeying across the world. So here is our most valuable tip: Stop checking your bags. We’ve compiled some of our best tips to turn you into the king or queen of the carry-on:

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1) Baggage
Pack one large backpack (your local outdoor gear shop should have some great options) and a medium-sized tote (something that will fit under your seat). Make sure both bags fall under the measurement guidelines of your airline.

2) Clothing
Lay your clothes on top of one another then do the good ol’ tuck and roll. Want to get next level? Put that neat little roll into one of those heaven-sent space saver bags, zip up the top and compress the air out.

3) Footwear
All you really need are a good pair of flip flops (especially for you dudes) and maybe one pair of flat dressy sandals. Wear closed-toed shoes on the plane and you’re set. Mermaids don’t even wear shoes, so we can certainly survive with only a pair or two.

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4) Toiletries
If you’re staying on a resort, they’ll most likely provide you with everything you need except sunscreen. If you do decide to bring liquids, remember to pack 100mL containers only and they must all be in a clear plastic bag. Keep the bag easily accessible because you’ll need to scan it through during security check.

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5) Electronics
Stick to the essentials: a camera (GoPros are compact, waterproof and portable), an e-reader or tablet and your phone is all you should really need. Don’t forget an outlet converter and all the necessary charging cables. You’re on vacation, so also take time to unplug and spend quality time with yourself or your travel buddy.

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7) Accessories
Your jewelry is the perfect pairing to a not-so-exciting outfit, so pack as many accessories as you can! A chunky statement necklace goes great with a basic tee, a nice watch completes any #ootd and of course, don’t forget your Pura Vida Bracelets. They’re waterproof, mix ’n matchable, super portable and can be worn for a laid-back day at the beach then dressed up for a sunset dinner.

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Photos:
Erin Monett
Ever Images Photography
@everimagesphoto

Brent Brooks
@brentbrooks

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How to Find Your Next Cheap Flight

May 27, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Need to get away? Sometimes planning travel can be stressful and even before you’ve left, you need another vacation. Become your own travel agent with our fave websites to search, track and book budget airfares to save you time and money on your next getaway.

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1) Kayak Explore – http://www.kayak.com/explore

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Punch in your airport and dates then set a price alert that will notify you if your trip fare goes up or down. Price alerts are especially helpful for big ticket trips like flying to Australia where prices can fluctuate by a few hundred dollars. The most interesting thing about Kayak Explore is that it will predict the likelihood of your fare going up or down based on an analysis of historical price changes.

2) Skyscanner – http://www.skyscanner.com

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Skyscanner is our go-to search engine when we know where we’re going and when we want to go. It aggregates fares from a lot of international airports that you wouldn’t normally see on popular travel sites and also offers you airline combinations if time isn’t an issue, but money is tight. Skyscanner is always the first step when booking international travel and great for searching discount flights within Europe.

3) Hopper – http://www.hopper.com/

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For the flexible traveller, Hopper will keep watch of fares to your favourite destination and send you an e-mail when those prices are on sale. This handy website will also show you the best time to shop, buy and fly to any destination in the world. Because Hawaii is always a good idea and a cheap flight to those dream islands is always on our radar.

4) Google Flights – https://www.google.ca/flights/

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Don’t know exactly where you want to go, but have some dates in mind? Google Flights will show you a world map of all the airports and their prices from your airport between two dates.

Our favourite feature though is the ‘Lowest Fares’ graph. Once you input your destination airport, Google Flights will chart fares day-by-day from month-to-month and you can toggle between different trip lengths to see how your flight prices fluctuate. This came in handy when we booked a last-minute trip to Costa Rica because we knew we were getting a great price compared to fares for the next 6 months.

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Inspiration

11 Inspiring Instagrammers You Should Follow

May 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Here’s a round up of our favorite Instagrammers to keep you motivated, inspired and to fill your feed with prettiness!

1) @momentaryhappiness

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2) @taramilktea

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3) @mattcrump

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4) @inspire_yourself_

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5) @stephanieblaunc

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6) @stoked_yogi

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7) @lifebeforework

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8) @scottypass

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9) @dametraveler

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10) @barefoot_surf_travel

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11) @katgaskin

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Travel

Destination: Eleuthera, Bahamas

May 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Just 50 miles east of Nassau lies a tiny island paradise where the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean and bright turquoise calmness of the Caribbean Sea meet. Tickled pink colored sand, endless beaches and those laid-back Caribbean vibes are in no short supply. Here are the top beaches in Eleuthera:

1) Double Bay Beach
Two words: PINK SAND. Once you step foot onto the sandy shorelines of Double Bay Beach (pictured above), you seriously feel like you’re floating on air. The soft, fine sand is a light hue of rose pink and contrasts beautifully with the turquoise of the Atlantic.

2) Alabaster Bay – Coco Di Mama Hotel & Restaurant

Snorkel all day in the shallow, calm waters then grab dinner on the balcony of Coco Di Mama’s restaurant while watching the sunset. Get away from it all and still enjoy the amenities of an on-site hotel and bar.

3) Sky Beach Club
Spend a day at Sky Beach Club. Lay by the infinity pool, sip on an ice cold Kalik, the local beer, from the swim up bar and enjoy all the perks of the beach while staying sand-free. This poolside paradise is the perfect balance of ocean vibes with a touch of luxury.

 

4) Ten Bay
Grab a beach chair, your umbrella and a cooler full of cold drinks and you can literally set yourself up in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. The shallow waters of Ten Bay are so calm and clear that you feel as if you’re in a big, warm beach bathtub.

 

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7 Benefits of Traveling Alone

May 18, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Just like high school English, it should be mandatory for all young adults to take an extended trip by themselves. Coming into your own as an adult without the structure of scheduled classes and teachers telling you what to do and how to act can be daunting. Here are the benefits of travelling alone:

1) Learn to love being by yourself. Always connecting with friends and family can make us forget how to spend time with the one person who matters most: ourselves. When you travel alone, you’re essentially going on dates with yourself and have time to appreciate what a kind and happy person you are all on your own.

2) You are 100% accountable for your decisions and their outcomes. If you lose the map, it’s your fault. If you partied way too much last night, it’s also your fault. Being completely responsible for your actions is a huge life lesson that many of us seem to stumble through. When you travel alone, you’re allowed to make mistakes and also learn from them.

3) Develop your people skills. You’re bound to meet new people along your solo travels. This is your chance to interact with unique personalities, new cultures and people from completely different upbringings.

4) Practice problem solving. You ran out of money, you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and your phone is dead. What do you do? If this were a question in your textbook, you’d take the time and effort to craft the perfect response, but when you’re actually in this situation your true problem solving skills get put to the test.

5) Acquire life skills and apply them to the real world. The best way to learn is by doing. Feeding yourself, managing your finances, being on time, setting a goal and putting a plan into place in order to achieve it are all life skills that you gain and master once you travel alone.

6) Do what you want to do. Wake up to watch the sunrise? Or stay in bed all day and order room service? When you travel on your own, you can do whatever the heck you want and don’t have to be considerate of anyone else’s preferences but your own.

7) Discover who you are and think about who you want to become. The most important and valuable aspect of travelling alone is how much you get to know yourself. You don’t have to play up to your parents’ expectations or adapt your behaviour to that of your friends’ to fit in. You really get to be YOU.

You also have endless amounts of time to think when you’re flying solo. While you’re in such a calm and quiet state of mind, you have the opportunity to reflect on what sort of life you want to lead and this sort of reflection is important to leading a life filled with happiness and good vibes.

Remember to be safe, aware of your surroundings and always let other people know where you’re going to be staying on your solo adventures!

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