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Fashion

Island Escapes

July 22, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We dream in palms and sea air. This summer is dedicated to livin’ easy and wearing pretty things. Need the perfect accessories for your beachy attire? We have the secret! Get creative and pair up any kind of stack you want. We have a look and color for every style. Do ya thaaang!

 

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Sinking in a sea of shells.

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Toss your hair up…

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Or leave it down and embrace the wind tossed, sandy beach hair!

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Whether in a dreamy island dress or in cut off jean shorts, you can pair your favorite bracelets with them all.

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Rock the look!

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Can we play in the ocean forever? Yes please!

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Take care, mermaids! We want to see how you styled your Pura Vida Bracelets! Tag us on instagram: #puravidabracelets #livefree

 

photographer: @michellebishoff

 

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

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

Lifestyle

10 Reasons to Smile on a Bad Day

June 3, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Life can throw you some unexpected curve balls and it can feel like the entire world is against you. But through all that rain, there is sunshine…you just have to know where to look! Here are 10 Reasons to Smile on a Bad Day:

1) You’re alive today. Take a deep breathe and be thankful for that.

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2) Going outside, laying in the grass barefoot and feeling the sunshine hit your face.

3) Pizza.

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4) Turning up the volume on your fave song and dancing around your bedroom by yourself. 840 million people probably did the same to this song.

5) The beach.

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6) Your smile can brighten anyone’s day, even your own.

7) If you’re having a bad day, try and make someone have a good day. You’ll both win in the end.

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8) Puppies and kittens being friends.

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9) Sleeping in and letting your bad day turn into a lazy day. This is totally acceptable! Always take time for yourself. And Netflix.

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10) You are only one person, you’re imperfections are what make you perfect and life will take its course however it chooses to. Don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week, bad month or bad life! Just try and smile through it all because you are strong.

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Photos:
@findinglight
www.findinglightcreative.com

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Lifestyle

What Does it Mean to Live Free?

June 1, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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If you’re reading this right now, take a moment to be aware of your surroundings, your feelings and your physical body. Are you happy with it all? If you are, that’s truly wonderful. And if you aren’t, well today is the day you start living free.

So what does ‘living free’ mean exactly?

First of all, don’t get stuck in the rat race. Yes, pursue your education, nurture your mind and work hard. But I challenge you to work hard for something you’re passionate about. Whether that be stocking groceries or becoming a high-powered attorney, do it with love in your heart.

It’s not always about how much money you make, how much more successful you are than your peers or the company car you get to drive — it’s about creating change by doing something you love and never actually “working” a day in your life.

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Most importantly, see the world. Nothing is more freeing than setting sail on your own adventure. It doesn’t have to be an epic journey across the world, but make time to go outside and actually see the world.

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Appreciate the grass in your backyard, the sun hiding behind the clouds and fresh air. Or take it a step further and live abroad! Do whatever your heart desires and take the time to figure out exactly what that is.

We are not trees whose roots get planted in the ground and are expected to stay there until it dies. We have legs to move. We have hearts to follow. And dreams to make come true. So, how are you living free?

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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)

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Lifestyle

7 Reasons Why Music Rocks

March 6, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Music is life. The right song at the right time can uplift anyone and make us feel like we can do anything! It’s always there when we need it, knowing the exact words to say and how to say them. We love music and here’s why:

  1. Hearing our favourite song will always make us smile.
  2. Music equals dancing. And dancing equals FUN. Whether at the club, at a music festival or alone in your bedroom, swaying and jumping around with the volume on high is a guaranteed good time.
  3. No matter how sad or mad we are, Taylor Swift heals all. At 15, 22 or any age really, times get tough and no amount of chocolate ice cream will make us feel better. Music has a way of speaking to our pain and problems better than any BFF and we’re thankful to all the talented musicians out there for helping us heal and move on.
  4. Science also says music rocks. Studies have shown that listening to tunes can help us focus, workout harder, calm nerves and increase chemicals in our brain that cheer us up.
  5. Music helps us remember the good times. Our first dance, our first road trip or that summer we spent at the beach, we could curate a soundtrack to our lives all thanks to those songs that play in the background while life’s greatest moments happen.
  6. One word: Karaoke. Need we say more?
  7. There will always be music. There is an infinite combination of words, melodies and notes to last more than a lifetime. Genres come and go, new artists emerge and old songs become captured treasures. With the simple press of the play button, we’ll be taken to new places, reminded of old memories, experience great emotions and rock on forever!

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Inspiration

Beach Daze

September 24, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Whether summer is beginning or ending, Pura Vida can always bring friends together for an adventure as you chase waves and sunsets. Photographer Nicole Jannesari drew inspiration from the bright colors of Torrey Pines Beach and the greens and browns in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve to create these amazing shots.
Instagram: @nicolejannesari
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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.

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Travel

5 Best Beaches in Costa Rica

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Costa Rica is known for some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for an awesome surf spot, or a relaxing beach to lay out, Costa Rica is sure to have a place for you!

1. Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio is located in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. This beach has so many activities and adventures to offer. You can swim in the crystal blue water, hike the Manuel National Park, surf, or just lay back and relax. An awesome advantage to this beach is that is is one of the only two beaches that carries all four types of monkey- spider, howler, white faced, and the squirrel monkey! This location is also great for spotting sloth’s, inside and outside of the national park. Manuel Antonio was rated one of the World’s most beautiful national parks in Forbes. Manuel Antonio will offer a huge variety in wildlife, adventures, and amazing views.

2. Jaco
Jaco is in the central pacific region of Costa Rica. If you are looking for a beach full of tourist attractions and lots of services, then Jaco is the beach for you. Not only does this beach offer 2.5 miles of awesome waves, and adventures for everyone, its the most developed beach town in Costa Rica. Jaco provides a great authentic vibe for lots of travelers. Jaco’s beach offers warm water, consistent surf, and an awesome cinnamon colored sand. If your looking for a place with great tourist attractions and beautiful waves, then Jaco is the place for you!

3. Uvita
Uvita is located in the South Pacific Region of Costa Rica. If your looking for a less crowded feel, then Uvita is your place to go. This untouched beached is enchanting to many of its visitors. Long walks on the beach are a must if your visiting this area. The water is also excellent for swimming and snorkeling. During the months of May to October, it is possible to watch olive Ridley and Hawksbill sea turtles come ashore to nest. Playa Utiva is a beautiful white sand beach that is incredible for surfing, scuba diving, horse back riding, and kayaking if your more adventurous. Utiva is also packed with breathtaking waterfalls. This “off the beaten path” beach will sure to exceed your expectations.

4. Playa Hermosa Guanacaste
Playa Hermosa is located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. This beautiful grey san beach is located between two mountains. This beach has a welcoming laid back atmosphere that makes people want to relax and enjoy the bright sun. This beach doesn’t have much surf, so this beach is ideal for swimmers. Visitors enjoy the ocean by snorkeling, sport fishing, and scuba diving in the beautiful clear ocean. There are a lot of National Parks close by to this excellent beach. Come here to soak up some sun rays and relax by the soothing sea.



5. Matapalo
Matapalo beach is located in the central pacific area of Costa Rica. This beautiful beach is the perfect escape from all of the tourist destinations with its laid-back vibes. This brown sand beach is great for relaxing, swimming, or watching breathtaking sunsets. This beach has embraced its natural habitats awarding it the Blue Ecological Flag (Bandera Azul Ecológica) for its dedicated effort in the commitment to preserving the quality of environment. This is the perfect place to read your favorite book on the beach and relax in its beautiful environment.

There are hundreds and hundreds of beaches in Costa Rica. Many of the beaches in Costa Rica will provide you with awesome weather and positive vibes. Each beach gives you a variety of different activities, and different types of sand and waves. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country that has many beaches to offer to show its true beauty.

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Inspiration

What does Pura Vida Mean?

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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A phrase that you will hear and see everywhere in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida”. The term “Pura Vida” has been present in Costa Rica’s vocabulary for over 50 years. It’s English translation means “pure life”  or “simple life”, however its more then just a phrase- it is a way of life.
Where did this phrase originally come from? People believe that the term “Pura Vida” came around in 1956 after a Mexican movie entitled “Pura Vida!” was released. In the movie, the main character uses the phrase throughout the movie to stay optimistic, happy, and full of life, despite all the negative circumstances around him. Thanks to this movie, the phrase “Pura Vida” is the unofficial motto to one of the happiest countries on Earth.
Pura Vida is so much more then just a phrase, it is their culture and way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, goodbye, or even to let people know everything’s good! Costa Ricans don’t just let the term bring them a good life, it’s the way they use it in their everyday attitude to make them happy. “Pura Vida” means that people need to be grateful for the things they do have in life, instead of dwelling on the negative things that they don’t. The phrase shows that no matter how bad you may think you have it, life for someone else can be far more less fortunate then your own. Life is too short to be worried and upset, everyone needed to make the most of life! All in all, the locals strive to live a stress free, laid-back life and they believe that their motto “Pura Vida” perfectly exemplifies how the locals live. Costa Ricans feel that if more “foreigners” grasped this concept, the world would be a lot happier.
“Pura Vida” is the back bone to this company. We believe in a pure and happy life, and that our company and products can bring that to many people around the world. Our products can make a big impact in customers lives, whether its helping their favorite charity, or creating their own bracelet and being a voice behind our brand. Pura Vida can help you find your pure life. ¡Pura Vida!