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Inspiration

Autumn Air

October 7, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Ah, crisp air, colorful pumpkins and hot coffee! All the essentials for the perfect Autumn day. What are your favorite Fall festivities? Tag us in your instagram photos wearing your go-to stack while adventuring the season! Follow our blogger, @chelseybishoff as she enjoys the day!

Hmmm, which one…

You can never go wrong with dainty white blossoms!

Don’t forget warm coffee in your favorite mug to keep ya nice and toasty.

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Photographer: @michellebishoff, @chelseybishoff

Recipes

Pineapple Cinnamon Delight

September 11, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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After this recipe you will never go back to eating pineapples and strawberries by themselves. Although delicious, something about the crisp, cinnamon chips enhances all the flavors. Is your mouth watering yet? We hope so! You won’t believe how easy this is to make. Need something to bring to your next get together? This is just the thing. Check it out!

 

What you’ll need:

  1. One pineapple
  2. One tub of strawberries
  3. Tortillas
  4. Cinnamon & Sugar
  5. Half a stick of butter

Start by chopping up the strawberries into fourths. Once cut and ready, set them aside in a bowl.


Bring out da pineapple!

Cut the pineapple in half. Empty one half to be used as the serving bowl. You can use the pineapple chunks from both sides to mix later with the strawberries!

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Time to cut the tortillas into small triangles to be used as dipping chips

Once cut, put as much cinnamon and sugar as desired and mix into bowl.

Place on baking sheet covered in foil.

Melt your half stick of butter and spread evenly on all the triangle cut outs. After they are evenly buttered, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar all over.

Place in the over at 350 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes.

Ta-da! Now just wait until you taste it together!

Dip and enjoy!

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DIY

Mermaid Hair Clips

August 31, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Get this! We have created the perfect hair accessory to wear on the beach. What’s even better is that we are gonna show you just how easy it is to look like a mermaid beauty. So grab your best friends and let’s get started!

 


What You’ll Need:

  1. Bobby Pins
  2. Sea Shells
  3. Hot Glue Gun

Start by grabbing one bobby pin and pick your favorite shell to glue on top.

Add glue to the back of the shell and stick the end of the bobby pin to it.

Pick your next shell, and repeat!


Lay all the clips to dry

So cute!

Let us know how your DIY worked out! We want to see your creation. Share with us by tagging your photos to #puravidabracelets on instagram.

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Indie Out

August 28, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We love being creative when getting ready in the morning. Anyone else out there?! What you put on your back can say a lot about who you are and what your interests involve! And the best part is that you can be whoever you want. But what’s even more crucial to your everyday look, are the accessories you rock! We’re gonna put an indie spin on our bracelets this time. Because hey, you get to choose who you are today! Kill the look with any bracelet, any time.

 

We went to the most beautiful little island. How could you resist that baby blue fringe along the white sand and crystal water?

We layered a beaded choker with a longer beaded necklace for the perfect pairing with the bracelets for this look.

What’s the finishing touch you may ask? Your beach hat– duh! Hats can be a great extra accessory to top it all off. 😉


Lifestyle

The Livings Easy

August 21, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Weekend ready and killin’ it on the beach. Living by the sea aint so bad, you guys. 😉 Let’s hear it for the beach babes! Here, we stay in our kinis and Pura Vida Bracelets. Grab your shades, beach towel and of course your favorite stack of Pura Vida’s– Now c’mon! Let’s go play in the sand.

 

We’re loving the neutrals with a pop of blue. This stack makes for the perfect beachy wrist.


Smile bright, be happy!


Anyone else loving the new Cali charm bracelet?!


Living the island dream.

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Seriously can’t get enough of all this sunshine.




What do you fill your Sundaze with? Share the fun by tagging #puravidabracelets on insta. Who knows, you may even get featured!

DIY

Ocean Glass Bottles

August 14, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Who else loves to recycle? WE DO! For our little DIY this week we took a piece of the sea back home with us. Besides, who actually likes to say goodbye to the shore? Create your own island vibes in your very own home with just a few items!

What You’ll Need:

-Your favorite kind of seashells, sea dollars or any other beachy accent.

-Super glue & scissors

-Jute

-A few glass jars or bottles. We recycled some old spice bottles! We encourage you to get creative and reuse a material you already have in your home.

Let’s get started!

 


Here, all we did was begin to wrap the jute around the top of our bottle as shown below:


After we glued the ends to keep the jute in place, we added a seashell right in the center using super glue.



For our next bottle, we didn’t add as much jute, only a few wraps around the top.


We decided to put a sea dollar on this bottle. We slipped the jute through one of the holes in the sea dollar. Then tied the jute in the back, allowing the sea dollar to dangle just a bit.


Can’t forget to add a star fish!


Always a good day when creating your own beachy escape.


Finished product!


We tied jute around the neck of the bottle so we could hang them. Make yours whatever length you want!


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Travel

Lake Daze

July 31, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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There’s no better summer adventure like camping out on your favorite lake! The fun never stops here. From hiking, to building fires and eating s’mores, to paddle boarding! We could go on, but we think you get it. 😉 What are your favorite lake activities? We’ll show you a few of ours.

But first, coffee.

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Who can resist an open fire prepping to roast all the delicious marshmellows?!

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Now for the best part. Can’t take a lake trip without all your paddle boarding gear.

Sandy toes!

And finally to end the day, chillin out lake side. Nothin’ but sunshine on our face!

Travel

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

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

Find Your Pura Vida: Costa Rica

August 6, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Expedia Viewfinder partnered with Pura Vida Bracelets to urge travelers to find their own versions of pure life in Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica epitomizes the pura vida spirit with an ever-present sense of living life to the fullest.  From the enchanting scenery to the endless opportunities for adventure, there’s a little reminder around every corner encouraging everyone to slow down and revel in the moment.

Expedia Viewfinder and Pura Vida Bracelets partnered to showcase opportunities for finding fulfillment and gratification in Costa Rica.  After all, it was in this laidback destination where Pura Vida Bracelets cofounders, Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman, traveled post-graduation and found inspiration from the lifestyle to build their business around.  For globetrotters exploring Central America, slow down, appreciate, and discover pura vida spirt in these Costa Rican hot spots.

Soda La Naranja
This coastal country has a diverse and cultured food scene serving up everything from Mexican to Thai.  For those in the mood for experiencing the local grub though, head to Soda La Naranja in Montezuma for some authentic Costa Rican fare.  Nosh on gallo pinto and casados, and don’t miss out on the fresh juice selection.

Witch’s Rock

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According to Thall, “Go out and surf,” is one of the best pieces of advice he ever received from a local.  Do as the locals do and shred the waves at Witch’s Rock in the Santa Rosa National Park.  Popularized in the cult classic, “Endless Summer II,” this favorite surf spot features a clean, sand- bottom beach break ideal for novices and experts alike. 

Manuel Antonio National Park

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What Manuel Antonio National Park lacks in size, it more than makes up for in diverse flora and fauna.  This national park is one of the smallest in Costa Rica, but it is home to 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds.  It also boasts beaches, forests, mangrove swamps, and even lagoons.  Hit the trails and look out for sloths and iguanas, or take flight through the rainforest on a canopy zip line.  To further experience this oasis up close and personal, check out the kayaking, horseback riding, four-wheel driving, and parasailing options. 

Catarata del Toro Waterfall

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Nothing says “pura vida” like marveling at the Catarata del Toro Waterfall.  In fact, Thall says venturing to a waterfall is a 100% must-do activity during Costa Rican travels.  The Catarata del Toro Waterfall is one of the country’s best- kept secrets as the ancient volcanic crater features cascading water, fluttering hummingbirds, and captivating views.  Though it’s a hike to climb down the steps to the falls, the unspoiled serenity is well worth the workout.

Graffiti Restro Café and Wine Bar

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It’s rare to find a restaurant both locals and tourists can agree on, but Graffiti just may be the exception.  Everyone seems to rave about the “ghetto gourmet” surf-and-turf cuisine at this boutique bistro in Jaco Beach, which is one of Thall’s favorite towns in Costa Rica.  Dedicated to the Slow Food Movement, the eclectic restro café takes an innovative approach to its one-of-a-kind gastronomy.  Kick back and toast travel adventures with a signature Graffiti aloe tini and a brag-worthy order of coffee-and-cacao- crusted beef tenderloin.

Chloe Mulliner
Staff writer for Expedia

Inspiration

New Festival Bags!!

July 24, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Check out our new statement clutches with exclusive patterns!  New styles inspired by sandy beaches, desert dunes, and lush landscapes.  An added wristlet makes it the perfect accessory for the everyday adventurer.  Get them while they last!!