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Summer in NYC

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We’re just about halfway through the summer and despite the unbearable temperatures and humidity we’ve been facing here in NYC, this summer has not been a bummer! We’ve compiled a list of some of the things we’re favoring in NYC this season:

On The Sea:

What’s better than oysters & rosé on a boat? Probably nothing. Spend your Summer Fridays on the Grand Banks oyster boat overlooking the Hudson River with views of the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty.

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Weekend Getaway:

If you have an Instagram, then you know that this season’s hot spot outside of Manhattan is The Surf Lodge in Montauk. Currently dripping in rainbows courtesy of artist Jen Stark, the place is also dripping with celebrities.

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On (Roof)Top of the World:

The S’well team is #blessed to have this view at the S’well bottle HQ. You might see an employee or two run up the staircase to hold whatever food of choice in the air with the skyline as the ideal background.

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Sweet Treats:

You have not experienced ice cream until you’ve tried Van Leeuwen’s recent special flavor, Honey Comb. This frozen scoop of heaven is unbelievably creamy and complimented by chunks of crispy honey comb that mixed in. Run and get a scoop before team S’well eats all that’s left in the city.

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Clean Eats:

Our friends over at sweetgreen just released their Late Summer Menu and it is not to be missed. The Watermelon + Feta is the perfect salad to cool down with. The Guacamole Greens is like a burrito bowl, turned into a healthy salad, that can only be described as delicioso.

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Best Rainy/Too Hot To Be Outside Day Activity:

The New Whitney is a must this Summer. Raining? So hot that you might melt? Retreat to the New Whitney in Meatpacking. Every detail of even the building is perfect; not to mention the actual artwork. The outside area with the rainbow color chairs is every instagramers dream. Don’t forget to visit Danny Meyer’s new Untitled below the Whitney for milk and cookies.

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Photography by Danielle Adams | S’well Bottle

#OnlyRosé

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When it comes to our summer drink of choice, we’ve got 3 simple words for you; Rosé. All. Day. With that in mind, we made the best summer accessory for you, the “#OnlyRosé” S’well bottle! Pour a full chilled bottle right into this 25oz bottle and bring it anywhere from a beach getaway to a rooftop party. And don’t worry about condensation getting on the inside of your bag. The double-walled lining will keep your bottle sweat free!

In honor of “Wine Wednesday” or wine any day, follow our Winesday Pinterest board, highlighting all things we love about wine.

Shop our Limited Edition #OnlyRosé S’well bottle here and be sure to check out our other Breakfast Club Collection bottles, available while supplies last.

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Keep Brunch S’well

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It’s not quite breakfast and it’s not yet lunch. You know it as well as we do, it might be the best meal of all; brunch. There’s something about waking up late, rolling out of bed and recalling memories of the previous night with friends over runny eggs (with mounds of avocado and hot sauce of course) and some hair of the dog that bit you the night before.

If you can’t tell, the members of team S’well are pro brunch. To honor our devotion to our favorite meal, we’ve created a Limited Edition Breakfast Club Collection featuring “Put an Egg on It” (it is the year of the egg after all) and Brunch!

We’ve additionally created a bottle being sold exclusively on KEEP, boasting everyone’s favorite summer drink, “#OnlyRosé.” The 25oz S’well can hold an entire bottle of wine and will keep it cold for 24 hours so you can Rosé all day this Summer.

This weekend, we’re hosting a launch event for the Breakfast Club, over Brunch of course, at the Surf Lodge in Montauk in collaboration with KEEP. Stalk the photos with the hashtag #keepbrunchswell and live vicariously through the runny egg avocado toast, frittatas and lox. The S’well bottles will be available online for purchase on Friday afternoon, while supplies last.

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The S’well Team & City Harvest

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Team S’well had the amazing opportunity to participate in two volunteer food rescues with City Harvest right in our backyard at the Union Square Green Market.

City Harvest discovered 30 years ago that up to 40% of the food produced in the United States goes to waste. They began the food rescue process where they safely recover the surplus of food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, farmers markets, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms, and distribute it to people in need. We met up with the City Harvest team to help the food rescue process. The team was excited to spend time bonding and doing something good together.

We’re so proud to say that in our two trips we collected 155 bags of produce (5,950 lbs) and 30 bags of bread (410 lbs) coming out to a total of 6,360 lbs of food to be delivered within their network of soup kitchens, food pantries and community food programs which help New Yorkers facing hunger.

Splash into Summer

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We suffered through the Winter. We sprung through the Spring, but we finally made it to… SUMMER! Bring on the ice cream cones, rooftop happy hours, trips to the beach, and maybe even a Summer love!

We’ll be making a S’PLASH into Summer with our new collection, full of colors to match any personality and any outfit, all while keeping you cool for 24 hours.

 

Gifts Dad Actually Wants

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We’ve composed a Father’s Day Gift Guide with insight from the dads around our office, to give you an idea of the gifts dads actually want.

Greg, our COO and dad to Amelia & Victor, said, “Since both kids will be in college next year, what I really want is a DIY Smartphone Projector ($27) and London Chimney S’well ($25-45) to match.” For the techy dads, other mentioned gifts were Bose SoundLink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker ($129) and a Fitbit Charge HR ($150).

For the dads who are young at heart, you can’t go wrong with a playful pair of socks; we especially like these Paul Smith Socks ($30).

Leo, our Senior Web Engineer and dad of Celine & Zoey, wants a ticket to jet set with his S’well. He told us that, “The Turquoise Blue S’well reminds me to take my next vacation at a Caribbean beach.”

For the dads who reach for a stiff drink after a long day (don’t we all), we recommend the Copper Moscow Mule Mugs ($20) or if they like to get creative with their drinks, check out this Whiskey and Rum Making Kit ($75).

The Stone Collection is ideal for the active guy, as Gregg, our Key Accounts Sales Manager Amie’s dad says, “The Onyx S’well bottle fits perfectly in my bike for weekend rides with the family. I appreciate knowing that my bottle can come off the bike and into my golf bag to provide a cool refreshment on the course later in the day.”

If you still can’t decide, go for a classic gift like the Harry’s Father’s Day Shave Set ($40) and pair it with a Silver Lining S’well ($35).

Looking for a deal this Father’s Day? Our bottle of the month this June is the gender neutral Tahoe Dusk | Satin Collection at 15% off, while supplies last. If you’re a procrastinator living in NYC, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square where there are tons of S’well styles to choose from at our Summer pop up.

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World Ocean’s Day– Best Beaches of 2015

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Happy World Oceans Day! To celebrate this holiday, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite beaches broken up by ocean. To show our best beaches, we have used photography courtesy of our friend and famed photographer, Gray Malin.
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So whether you’re buying a Gray Malin photo to frame so you can have your own virtual vacation or you’re taking advantage of your Summer Fridays to book a spontaneous trip, any of these beaches will be sure to please. Don’t forget to pack your S’well bottle and post up in the sand with your drink of choice cold for 24 hours. If you haven’t already, take a look at our Textile Collection with linen inspired prints, perfect for a trip to paradise… Rumor has it there will be a new member of the Textile Collection releasing tomorrow too so stay tuned!

Gov Ball: NYC’s Best Kept Music Secret

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Governor’s Ball Music Festival, aka GOV BALL, is NYC’s best kept music festival secret. Tickets are substantially less expensive than Coachella and other major festivals but the line up is just as impressive featuring headliners Drake, Lana del Rey, the Black Keys and Florence and the Machine. Those of us in the office attending are currently preparing our ears on Spotify with our custom made playlist.

If you don’t have tickets you can follow along on our Spotify playlist here. We’re clearly most excited to see Drake and Florence and the Machine but other highlights from the festival include the Lana del Rey, Odesza, , ASTR, Little Dragon, Flume, Ratatat and the Black Keys.

Luckily for our taste buds, the Infatuation partnered with Gov Ball this year to curate the food vendors. Our favorite #EEEEEATS include Luke’s Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mighty Quinn’s, Taqueria Diana, Van Leeuwen, Tacombi. Our stomach’s growling already thinking about it!
We are even excited about Gov Ball’s location on Randall’s Island- just a ferry ride from Manhattan gives you an excuse to be on a boat with some fresh air outside the city.

And it goes without saying to make sure you pack your favorite color S’well bottle and fill it at the water stations throughout the venue to stay hydrated in between visiting the beer tents and never ending acts.

Unlike Drake’s mixtape, if you’re reading this it’s NOT TOO LATE to buy tickets, still available here. Also not too late to get a S’well bottle in time for the festival, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square for a wide variety of S’well bottle colors and styles at our temporary pop up shop. You may just come out of there with one for you at Gov Ball and one for Dad for Father’s Day…

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Dear Class of 2015

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Congratulations Class of 2015- you made it! The nights you’ll never forget and the nights you’ll never remember, the all-nighters, late night snacks, procrastination, and of course your friends. Your college days have finally come to an end. Whether you’re continuing on with your studies or diving straight into the “real world,” there’s no need to fret. Be proud of what you have already accomplished and have confidence in what you can do next. If you’ve made it this far, who’s to say you’re not capable of going even further? So if you feel like you might not have it together yet, we have a solution for you. S’well is currently looking for interns. Think you have what it takes? Take a look and apply now. This may be the answer to jump-start your career!

Best,

Team S’well

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P.S. School might be over, but the learning never really ends in life! For those of you reading this and feeling like you need a gift for those three graduation parties this weekend, look no further than a S’well bottle. You won’t have to worry about buying the wrong size, and if you fill the 25oz with champagne (the vacuum seal keeps it bubbly and cold for 24 hours) you’ll earn brownie points. Shop now and you’ll be sure to find your graduate’s collegiate colors to keep the school spirit alive wherever they end up.

Home Away from Home

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“I thought I would be aloof in the foreign land. I see I will be home far from home”

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These were Jacqueline Nyangweso’s warm words as she prepared to fly to the United States for the first time. Jacqueline owns a growing business in Kenya and is the award recipient for the prestigious Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentorship Partnership. The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world, who are between the ages of 25-43, with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a month-long program. S’well CEO and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, Sarah Kauss had the pleasure of mentoring Jacqueline. The S’well team welcomed her  into our home for the first two weeks in May, and she quickly became part of the S’well family.

Jacqueline is on a mission to change the lives of women all over Kenya with her microfinance business, Step & Fly. Step & Fly offers small loans to women so they can start their own businesses. She’s created a unique and successful system that includes small-business training and as a result, she boasts a 95% return rate. Through this program, she has helped single and widowed mothers to create businesses that generate enough income to allow them to feed and educate their children.

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Having Jacqueline in our office has taught us that there are a lot of commonalities between Step & Fly and S’well. We have learned that businesses face the same challenges every day, whether you are a water bottle company from New York or a microfinance institution from Kenya.

S’well was able to support Jacqueline in her efforts to learn more about social media platforms, public speaking, data tracking applications, and human resources. But we had some fun along the way, as well. Our team was there with Jacqueline as she experienced her first New York slice, bagels, and even guacamole!

Jacqueline has definitely found her home away from home here at S’well. We just couldn’t resist her positive energy and addictive smile. We’ve learned so much about compassion and community while listening to her tell stories of her business. Even though our new family member is returning back to Kenya, she will always have a place to call home here at S’well.
Check out Step & Fly’s Facebook and Twitter pages and you can read more info about Step & Fly here.

Wear White this Memorial Day

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Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and whether you’re making your first trip to the beach or just barbecuing in the backyard, it’s hard not to feel patriotic. With our flags waving in the wind, we’re looking forward to celebrating with our friends and family…and with some burgers and hot dogs! But most of all, we’re excited to reintroduce white into our wardrobe. Check out some of Team S’well’s Memorial Day Essentials:

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Opening Ceremony Izzy Printed Handbag to tote around additional essentials

Warby Parker glasses so you can see all the flags and festivities

Swatch Watch to keep track of the hours as the good times roll

J. Crew Panama Hat because it’s time to trade in our beanies for the summer

SunnyLife inflatable will be your best pool companion

17oz Angel Food with White Cap– so fresh and so clean

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We’ll be sipping out of our all-white S’well. And don’t worry, if you want to put beer in your bottle as you lay on the beach, the vacuum seal keeps the carbonation in.

Pour a Fiesta in Your S’well this Cinco de Mayo

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We mustache you a question, but we’ll shave it for later… because Cinco de Mayo is here! Put those Derby hats away and take out your sombreros! We are ready to celebrate the best way we know how; drinking margaritas out of our S’wells and eating guacamole. Of course we can’t forget nachos and piñatas hanging around filled with candy we’ll be sure to nosh on later. So grab your amigos and celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the real beginning of Spring!

For you New York City dwellers, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best celebration spots:

Roberta’s, the infamous Bushwick pizza haven, is serving up tacos and margaritas in their outdoor tiki bar.

Empellon Cocina in East Village is hosting a prix fixe Cinco de Mayo menu with unlimited margaritas, beer and house wine for $70

If you’re craving a rooftop fix and a Mexican feast at the same time, Salvation Taco, the Mexican restaurant on top of the Pod 39 hotel will do the trick.

Mission Cantina is an office favorite. If you’re feeling more like a Netflix marathon to bring in the holiday, get their super burrito to go (or delivery). It may or may not be the best burrito this side of California.

Javelina is a new Tex-Mex spot just a few blocks away from the S’well HQ and is high on our list so if you try it before us, please let us know the verdict. We hear the avocado margarita is the way to go.

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For those of you outside of the empire state, we wanted to share with you our favorite margarita and guacamole recipes. Your homemade margarita will taste even better in a S’well sitting at your local beach/park.

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