If you follow us on social media, then you know team S’well was just out in San Francisco for the Super Bowl. Between enjoying all of the Super Bowl festivities, we also made some time to do as the Californians do!
Our first stop was at Tartine Bakery, the quintessential place to carbo load for no reason. The giant croissant pictured is not your average breakfast pastry. It is actually filled with smoked ham and Gruyere and is one of Tartine’s claims to fame. We also enjoyed a mushroom croque-monsieur, banana bread pudding and lattes.
We made our way to Super Bowl Village to see all of the excitement and football fans gathered together. People were representing jerseys from all different teams, but all shared the enthusiasm for the Super Bowl.
This year, S’well was chosen by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to be part of their gifting suite. NFL executives and players came through and had a chance to pick up some amazing swag, including a Rose Gold S’well.
San Francisco is the first city in the United States to ban the sale of plastic water bottles. We were excited to see water stations in the different places we visited encouraging people to switch over to reusable bottles.
Right across the street from Super Bowl Village was The Ferry Building, housing more local San Francisco eats and shops to be explored.
The last stop before making our way to the airport was at none other than In-n-Out. No trip to California is complete without a Double-Double and Animal Style fries from their not-so-secret menu.
Until next time, we’ve left our hearts in San Francisco! Follow us on snapchat to get more behind-the-scenes looks at S’well.
Team S’well was lucky enough to share some time with the MVP’s from Team Fluff. Needless to say, we could barely handle the level of cuteness these tiny guys were bringing. Check out some of our favorite moments from the day in the gallery below.
Find out more about Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl here. For updates on what’s going on around S’well HQ, follow us on Snapchat (@swellbottle). Scan the QR code below to add us as a friend. We promise to keep things interesting.
A clutter free desk provides a more efficient and focused work environment, and here at S’well, we all aspire to be a part of the #cleandeskclub. But before you can join the esteemed club, there are a few things you need to know. First of all, paper is out. We live in a digital world now and PDF is the new print. So spare the trees – their paper offspring will only add chaos to clutter. Second, the #cleandeskclub requires continuous effort. The best way to maintain a tidy desk is to make sure everything has a place and is put back back at the end of the day. Before you leave the office, take a minute to file away anything that you previously pulled out. Finally, you need to know that the #cleandeskclub is much more than just keeping up a tidy work area. You also need the space to be aesthetically pleasing and envied by all of course. Check out some of our favorite desk essentials (for her and for him) below.
As we settle into 2016, it’s important for us to continue to develop new and positive habits. Our fearless leader, S’well CEO and founder Sarah Kauss, attributes much of her ability to successfully run a thriving company to one daily habit: journaling. For those of you who have yet to give it a try, journaling can be a great deal more rewarding than the ordinary “dear diary” scenario. In fact, according to recent reports, journaling can provide you with countless benefits, including stretching your IQ, evoking mindfulness, helping to identify and achieve goals, improving communication skills, strengthening self-discipline and sparking creativity. According to Sarah, journaling allows her to reflect on company progress or capture positive momentum in a more proactive way. Check out what she has to say on the subject below.
“Journaling allows the opportunity to step away from an environment bombarded with emails, phone calls, and messages. With journaling you actually have that space to be proactive and say ‘this is what I’m going to capture from this experience.’ This practice has not only been vital to running my business, but critical to upholding all of the qualities I want my team to embrace. By taking time for careful reflection, leaders can assess their reactions to situations, the dynamics amongst the team, and the overall level of engagement as it relates to employee interactions and company morale. More than that, it has given me the focus to identify my strengths and the activities that bring me the greatest joy. Surprisingly, the least glamorous tasks of my professional career to date have been some of my career highlights. I have gleaned many lessons about where I can be most engaged and therefore most successful in the workplace. Journaling has also given me patience and sharpened my ability to plan. Although it can seem that I’m making only baby steps of progress — and, yes, sometimes going sideways or even backwards before moving forward — my journal is an independent arbiter (and a silent cheerleader). There will always be more progress to make, but for me it is important to know that I am moving closer to my goals. I am always encouraged to look back and know how far I have come in a year’s time, and how major obstacles seem to become minor speed bumps in hindsight. This record gives me great patience and perspective when new challenges come my way. Even now as a very busy entrepreneur, I can’t imagine not taking a few moments at the end of each day to record in my journal the progress made and my hopes and plans for the next phases of success.”
These prints will take you back to the times of doodling your crush’s name on a notepad. Centered around the theme of love, each bottle brings a different flare to the collection. Check out some of the graphics that inspired the designs of the bottles below, as well as on our Pinterest board.
Get struck by Cupid’s arrow this Valentine’s Day and fall for something new in the S’well Valentine’s Day Shop. Our bottles are the perfect gift for your special someone.
We’re back with our second installment of New Year, New You. This week’s blog is brought to you by Remi Ishizuka of rrayyme. Health nut and fitness enthusiast, her Instagram serves as daily motivation for the S’well team to eat well and stay in shape. We’re so excited that she could tell us about her goals for the year and share a recipe that we can’t wait to blend up!
“My goal this year is to stick to a 90/10 rule. I plan to eat clean, healthy and nutritious home cooked meals 90% of the time and indulge the other 10% in whatever I want. This has worked for me in the past, and as long as I dedicate time to meal prepping each week, I know I will be able to stick to it. It keeps me motivated knowing that I feel good when I’m in my routine. I feel better, I’m happier, I have more energy, and I’m more productive. Cheers to a healthy + active 2016!”
Lemon Drop Smoothie Recipe:
1 Chopped apple
2 Handfuls of spinach
4 in cucumber
1/2 Squeeze of lemon juice
4 Leaves of Mint
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
Fill blender 3/4 of the way with cold purified water. Pour into S’well bottle of choice to maintain and enjoy at your desired temperature.
You can check out more clean eat recipes on our Pinterest board. We’ll also be rolling out another New Year, New You blog post later this week. Until then, you can S’weat it Out with our workout playlist on Spotify.
Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 is full of potential, so we are naming January the month of “New Year, New You.” Over the next few weeks, we (plus, some guest bloggers) will be posting about different ways you can improve yourself this year. We’ll cover it all: from clean eats and workouts that make you s’weat, to beauty and lifestyle tips. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions from Team S’well.
Get more sleep. Quit binge-watching the new Netflix show and get those z’s.
Take more pictures.
Pick up a new hobby. Learn a new language. Learn to code!
Keep things tidy and join the #cleandeskclub.
Meet more people. Just swipe right.
Take some time to reflect and journal regularly.
Recycle more, waste less. Less plastic, more S’well.
Go to more concerts. They sound even better live.
Read more. Your daily subway commute will fly by with a good read.
Travel. Get out of your comfort zone & explore.
Hit the gym or your favorite spin class. We’re partial to our neighborhood Equinox.
Christmas time brings in a season for giving and we’re so lucky to have you all to give to! Between our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on Facebook and #iwishforthisswell on Pinterest, we saw an overwhelming number of S’well fans enter and we couldn’t be more thankful for each and every one of you. We’re especially thankful for the amazing brands that partnered with us to giveaway such amazing gifts. In case you missed it, S’well gave out a gift pack to one lucky winner each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Take a look below as we recap the 12 Days.
On the first day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Sparkling Champagne bottle and Harry’s Winter Winston Set. We love Harry’s for many reasons, but mostly because they’re dedicated to providing for the guys who know they shouldn’t have to overpay for a great shave. Respect.
On the third day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Navy Alligator bottle and a $100 Athleta gift card. Athleta has it all for the active woman – they provide high performing apparel that is both cute and affordable.
On the fourth day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Birds of Paradise bottle and a Ban.do desk set. Ban.do is our go-to brand for anything to do with gifts, tech, or stationary, especially for those who love bright colors and patterns.
On the sixth day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Angel Food bottle and a Erno Laszlo cleansing kit + sheet mask. Erno Laszlo knows good skin. If you don’t already use these products, you need to get on board. Your skin will thank us later.
On the seventh day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Seafoam bottle and a $100 Sweetgreen gift card + air plants from The Sill. Sweetgreen is the perfect spot for clean, healthy and most importantly, delicious food. The Sill is the perfect destination for all of your houseplant needs. We can’t resist their tiny plants, perfect for desk decorating.
On the eighth day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Jade bottle and a CAUSEBOX. We love CAUSEBOX for so many reasons, but mostly because they provide their customers with ethically-made products that give back and empower others.
On the ninth day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Tuxedo bottle and a Botkier New York Logan Crossbody bag. If you’re in need of a new purse or bag, search no more. The S’well ladies love Botkier, especially their backpacks.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, S’well gave a 9oz Blue Suede bottle and Hugo Boss watch. Hugo Boss is the epitome of classic, luxurious style. Need we say more?
On the twelfth and final day of Christmas, we gave a $100 S’well gift card and a weekend stay at the new Tommie Hudson Square Hotel in NYC with a meal for 2 at Harold’s Meat + Three. The Tommie Hotel was designed to “unleash the potential of every moment” and we couldn’t be more excited for its opening.
To see more from our partners + other brands we love, check out the S’well Pinterest page. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a S’well night!
P.S. Soak in the last moments of Christmas by listening to our “Let it S’now” playlist on Spotify. Consider it our gift to you!
S’well launched its first-ever holiday film to showcase our bottles in a chic, yet innovative way. The spot, titled “Hydration Magic” is full of the same kind of optimism, joy, fashion and magic that the product itself embodies. While it features S’well as an object of desire, it also shows how S’well serves as a catalyst for unexpected surprise and delight.
“Hydration Magic” was the company’s biggest production yet, featuring 22 distinct characters and 10 additional extras (including some of our very own S’well team members). Directed by John Poliquin–a Canadian music video, commercial and feature film director–the film is set in a stuffy art gallery in need of a little inspiration. A water balloon fight quickly breaks out, drenching the guests and paintings with water. As the paintings are hit with water, the colors beneath the original blank canvases are revealed. The explosions of water were shot in slow motion, at 2500 frames per second, in order to capture the magic and beauty of water.
Take a look at our behind the scenes pictures and video and see what it was like to create the magic.
The holidays are among us! And what better way to celebrate (or take a break from all the craziness) than to mix up your own seasonal s’pirit? Here at S’well, we’re big on S’ips and S’nacks (as seen on our Pinterest page) so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday drinks to get you feeling jolly.
Seeing that it’s the season of sharing, we want you to share what you’re mixing up! Post a picture of your S’well S’pirits, S’well bottle and ingredients using our printable template. Tag @swellbottle and #swellspirits and we’ll repost our favorites to spread some holiday cheers!
1 crushed candy cane
1 cup ice
¼ cup vanilla vodka
1 tbs peppermint schnapps
¼ cup white chocolate liqueur
PREP: Dip rim of martini glass in the marshmallow topping, followed by crushed candy cane. Combine vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, white chocolate liqueur with ice in a shaker or S’well bottle. Shake well and pour into glass. Garnish with additional crushed candy cane and enjoy.
1oz ginger beer
1 gingerbread cookie, finely ground
1 cup ice
1 tsp. ginger juice
1.5oz dark rum
1 tsp cinnamon schnapps
1 pinch of ground cloves
1 egg white
PREP: Dip rim of martini glass into ginger beer, followed by finely ground gingerbread cookie. Combine ginger juice, dark rum, cinnamon schnapps, pinch of ground cloves and egg whites with ice in a shaker or S’well bottle. Shake well, until drink is foamy. Add ginger beer to mixture and shake again. Pour into glass and enjoy.
The Moscow Mule
1 50ml bottle of vodka
1.5oz ginger syrup
1 fresh lime wedge
1 can of club soda
PREP: Measure 1.5oz of ginger syrup and pour over ice. Add vodka, club soda, and lime wedge. Stir together for 3 seconds or gently mix in S’well bottle.
The Old Fashioned
1 50ml bottle of whiskey
1 cane sugar stick
3 dashes of aromatic bitters
1 cup ice
PREP: Combine cane sugar, bitters and whiskey in a glass. Using a bar spoon, lightly crush the cane sugar and stir to dissolve. Pour mixture over ice and stir for 10 seconds.
1 187ml bottle of champagne
1.5oz elderflower syrup
1 fresh lemon wedge
PREP: Measure 1.5oz of elderflower syrup and combine with champagne and lemon wedge in a glass. Gently stir for 3 seconds.
The sun dresses and shorts have finally been put away. It’s officially s’weater weather! We’re ready to welcome in and celebrate the colder temperatures. As we patiently wait for all of the holiday festivities that are soon to come, here are a few suggestions of things you can do in the meantime:
1. Rock a tacky holiday sweater or Drake-inspired turtleneck like this one from Acne Studios.
2. Whether it’s on your local pond that’s frozen over or at the Winter Village in Bryant Park, get outside and go ice skating.
3. Get in the kitchen and cook up a holiday treat! If you need some inspiration, check out some of our favorite recipes on our pinterest page.
4. Curl up with hot tea and that book you’ve been meaning to read. We recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
5. Netflix and chill warm up with takeout from our friends at Postmates.
6. Send your seasons greetings or a thank you note with these cards from Gramr – the holidays are the perfect time to show you care.
7. Grab a seasonal brew from our friends over at Starbucks – now selling limited edition S’well bottles in stores across the US.
Let us know what your favorite s’weater weather activities are by tagging @swellbottle or #swellbottle on social media.