Get to know more about the people and the passions behind Pura Vida…
Pura Vida is all about people and their passions. It’s about travel and music, fashion and food, fitness and cocktails. It’s about style with soul! So where did the influences for Pura Vida come from and what quirky and interesting stories can the people behind Pura Vida share with you?
The curator of Pura Vida, music-lover and new golfer (new hobby alert!), opens up her photo album and shares her vision for Pura Vida, her love of a good cocktail and her secret desires for when she grows up… Not forgetting the quotes that inspire her! Here's Bianca...
Where did Pura Vida come from?
I had been writing another blog, Running in High Heels, for a little while and I had always had this idea of writing a lifestyle blog - all about music, travel, fashion and design - with a few different contributors who become characters in the story and how they share their lives with the readers. And when I met Maria (she had just started going out with my brother), she told me about this idea she had (Pura Vida), and I thought about her initial ideas and sent her a whole lot of my ideas and got really excited. This was our opportunity to make this a reality.
In a word: Passion. There is a quote I love: ‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.’
Who would you love to interview for Pura Vida?
There are so many people I would love to interview for the blog! Artists, musicians, DJs, writers, entrepreneurs...anyone interesting, and in my book that could be wide and varied! This is one of my favourite parts of my job, getting to talk to people and ask them lots of questions! I am eternally curious and fascinated by people.
What does Pura Vida mean to you? (the concept)
Pura Vida for me is this desire, this pursuit of a life and a lifestyle I guess… Not only dreaming about it, but trying to live it and embrace it everyday. It is about our dreams and the places we want to travel and things we want to experience with the people that matter to us. It is about sucking the marrow out of life. Similar in its idea to ‘La Dolce Vita’ - but also a spiritual pursuit. It has meaning and substance... style with soul, as we like to say!
Describe yourself in 3 words…
Funny, down to earth, fierce.
Complete this sentence: ‘When I grow up I want to be…
When I was a kid I wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, I went through the astronaut phase too; a psychologist, a business woman, and a rock star obviously! (haha). But the one thing that has always been there and that is still in my heart - is a writer. So when I grow up (I’m not sure when that will be!), I would love to do what I do now, just with a different balance. And to be a world champion salsa dancer of course!
Who or what are your biggest influences?
Our biggest influence naturally is where we come from, and the things that drive us to our vision of our future. My parents have been big influences on me, and following my own intuition. This is where Pura Vida came from. My family, friends, people I’ve had the opportunity to work with... there are interesting and inspiring people are all around, you just need to ask the right questions to discover that!
What’s your day job?
By day, I’m a Performance Lifestyle Coach and work in elite sport. I’m passionate about performance and helping people fulfil their potential. By night, I’m a Pura Vida/Running in High Heels writer and music-obsessed dancer!
What’s your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
Starting the day with a leisurely cup of coffee and reading something. Then maybe some golf, which I’ve recently taken up and am becoming quite addicted to! And then a night out with friends and family - either dinner and drinks somewhere or a delicious meal at home. It usually involves good food, great company and lots of laughs and drinks. Or a night of dancing until dawn (have I mentioned that I love to dance?!). For me, because work life is so fast-paced, a Saturday is all about not having to rush the things I enjoy, it is about living life at a more leisurely pace!
A Negroni usually does the trick, and I guess my all time classic favourite that I come back to is a Margarita. I usually like to try a Margarita whenever I go somewhere new - how well they do a Margarita is the standard rating for me!
Favourite place in London?
The British Museum; walking along Chelsea Embankment with the lights twinkling on the bridge; Wimbledon Village in the summer; ice-skating at Somerset house at Christmas; a walk or jog around Richmond Park; wandering around Camden and Borough Markets.
‘Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them’
Favourite place to travel/holiday?
There are so many wonderful places I’ve been to that I’ve fallen in love with, and there are so many more I wish to travel to and explore. But the place I’ve been going back to over the last five years is Ibiza….the Magic Island has me under its spell!
I don’t feel I’ve done as much travelling as I would like to do. Some people like to travel to as many places as possible and tick them off their lists...and although I may not land up travelling to loads of places (and my passport may not be filled with lots of stamps!)... the places I do travel to, I want to make sure I savour and really experience. When you’re younger there is a sense of urgency to everything and FOMO about everything, but now I’m less about ticking boxes and more about the enjoying the little piece of the pie that I get to experience.
Favourite way to workout?
I love most ways to workout, but I guess running and dancing would be my top two!
Favourite building/architectural design?
The Holburne Museum in Bath. It has special memories for me, as it is a building I walked past everyday on the way to work when I lived there, and I loved seeing it through all the seasons. In autumn, the trees in the front glow red and gold; in winter, they have a Christmas tree on the balcony with twinkling lights.
I’ve always been interested in ancient art and history, architecture, old buildings, and discovering new pieces of art that capture my imagination (I know, I know...nerd alert).
I love Fabian Perez’s paintings. I discovered this Argentinian artist’s work at a gallery one rainy Sunday afternoon. It's his use of colours, mystery, darkness and dancing - they seem sensual and dreamy all at once. My favourite sculptor I think would be Auguste Rodin. I read a novel about his life when I was 16 and I was fascinated by the era.
I don’t own any art, it is something I would love to own more of one day, but in my room in London is a beautiful painting Maria’s mother made of a blooming flower. I loved it from the first time I saw it, and I love seeing it everyday. I think that is one of the purposes of art - to fall in love, and stay in love with it! Plus, it has a cool story about it.
Adore! I’m always listening to music - in the car, when I’m working out, or at home chilling. There is a soundtrack or a playlist for everything. And I love discovering new music and going to see live music.
If you were a character in a book (or movie) who would you be?
Jo March from Little Women. I really enjoyed the story when I was younger. Plus I’ve had a huge crush on Gabriel Byrne (who plays her love interest in the Winona Ryder film) ever since I can remember ('hearts in my eyes' emoji!).
All Italian ice-cream... eaten in Italy of course, on a hot summers’s afternoon, taking a stroll through an old town.
Name one thing on your bucket list?
I would really like to run (or walk) the Camino de Santiago.
What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Coffee! The less that gets between me and coffee the better.
What’s your favourite movie quote?
'Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…’ (Casablanca)
What was your favourite book as a child?
The Worst Witch! It started my fascination with all things witches, werewolves and vampires - which I still have to this day.
Name 5 qualities you admire most in people?
I remember reading a Robert Redford quote (second 'hearts in my eyes' emoji!) about what he looks for in a partner: ‘Humour. Skill. Wit. Sex Appeal. That order.’ I think that is a pretty good order for a partner. But I guess the qualities I like in others overall, would be: self-awareness, humility, sense of humour, kindness, ambition.
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