Things I’m Loving Friday #7

Pura Vida Bracelets

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Pura Vida bracelets are my favorite summer arm candy. “Pura Vida” translates to “pure life.” All bracelets are hand-made in Costa Rica (where the company aims to provide jobs to local artisans). The idea came about when Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman were on a graduation trip to Costa Rica. They ran into some men selling colorful bracelets on the streets and soon realized that the merchants were living in one room with other friendly members. Thall and Goodman bought 400 bracelets, brought them back to America, and sold them at a local boutique. The bracelets quickly sold out and a business idea was born. According to the Pura Vida website, “The pura vida lifestyle is embodied by the enjoyment of a life lived slowly, the celebration of good fortune, and the refusal to take anything for granted. It’s about being free and living life to the fullest; it’s an attitude.”  The two original merchants from Costa Rica now live in their own houses and have 65 employees working for them. They sell over 20,000 bracelets a week in over 2,500 shops around the world. Pura Vida bracelets are simple, stylish and support a great cause. Why wouldn’t you rock them with your favorite bikini?!

Arctic Zero


Ice-cream is my all-time favorite dessert.  But let’s be real, I can’t eat it every day…well I could, but my body would hate me.  Thank God I’ve discovered Arctic Zero — a line of “fit, frozen desserts.”  Arctic Zero’s bread and butter is ice-cream, but they now also make chocolate-dipped bars.  Arctic Zero is made with premium ingredients (no artificial flavors or sweeteners) and their products are low glycemic index, lactose-free, gluten-free, and GMO-free.  They’re also a lot lower in fat, sugar, and calories than your typical ice-cream so you can enjoy them without the guilt (although I don’t usually feel guilty about my desserts 😉 ).  My favorite flavor right now is “Cookie Shake.”  It contains only 150 calories per PINT! PINT!!! No, it doesn’t taste exactly like traditional ice-cream, but it sure does satisfy my sweet tooth!

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

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I love summer. My hair does not. Living in LA is awesome but the dry air (combined with all the swimming that I do for triathlon training) wreaks havoc on my hair. Since I have such long hair, I have to take care of it or it becomes 100% unmanageable AKA a rat’s nest. Enter Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. I use this deep conditioning treatment in the shower 1-2 times a week. The mixture contains Argan Oil which leaves my hair soft, shiny, and much more manageable. 

Outliers: The Story of Success


Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success is a must-read.  I actually listened to it a few months ago, but my dad is reading it now, so we’ve been discussing it recently.  Outliers explores the question “What makes successful people successful?”  Gladwell examines a wide spectrum of high-achievers, from athletes to software billionaires.  Why are Asians good at math? Why are most pro-hockey players born in January? Why are the Beatles the greatest rock band of all time? Outliers answers all of these questions and more.  Be prepared to have your mind blown.  I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the cultural reasons behind plane crashes.  #NERD

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