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WWD: Unicef Tap Project

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S’well is proud to support the UNICEF Tap Project for the first time in 2015. With a $100,000 donation, S’well is supporting UNICEF’s efforts to provide safe, clean water to the world’s most vulnerable children.

The UNICEF Tap Project is back! This year’s initiative asks Americans to unlock 14 million days of clean water for children around the world by encouraging you to stop texting, calling, emailing, tweeting and posting — and challenge your friends to do the same. Millions of children around the globe do not have safe water to drink, and the lack of this basic necessity isn’t just inconvenient — it’s lethal. Take the challenge on your cell phone at www.uniceftapproject.org  throughout the month of March. The longer you go without touching your smartphone, the more clean water will be unlocked for children in need.

The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide campaign that provides clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities and to promote safe hygiene practices.

For instance, a week after the Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the Pacific Islands, UNICEF and partners are rushing water containers, purification tablets and soap to help address the immediate needs of the estimated 60,000 children affected. Initial reports indicate that in two of the six most affected provinces in Vanuatu, Shefa and Tafea, around 60% of the population have no access to safe drinking water, a lifeline for children and families at this critical time.

Additionally, following  the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, UNICEF delivered water kits, water treatment products, portable toilets, and hygiene kits to hundreds of thousands of people in need in order to help prevent the spread of disease.

Unite to fight the world water crisis: For every 15 minutes you don’t touch your phone within the UNICEF Tap Project experience, sponsors and donors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.

Take the challenge on your cell phone at: www.uniceftapproject.org

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Do you freak out when a jumble of words and numbers are thrown at you? We know there are lots of numbers and facts involved in these statistics, and sometimes they can be overwhelming to swallow. We feel you. But it’s important to understand what’s happening outside our little bubbles. So we created this infographic so that it’s easier to visualize the reality of the lack of safe water & sanitation, and to show what you can do to change that.

SXSW #eeeeeats in ATX

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In case you haven’t seen all of the excitement surrounding SXSW, the week long plus event is happening in our favorite city, Austin, Texas. The city is brimming with locals and tourists coming together for the common good of innovative ideas, technology, live music, film, food, you name it. S’well is in Austin for SXSW Interactive and you may have seen SXSW Limited Edition S’well bottles given out at the Spotify & Funny or Die houses, or maybe even SXGood Hub or in your VIP backpack at the Spring happy hour. We are taking over Austin right now- one bottle at a time #sxswell.

Seeing as the S’well team has some major foodies, we were able to find some time to to eat at some of the most impressive restaurants around Austin. A few of our favorites #eeeeeats were tacos at Veracruz All Natural & Torchy’s Tacos where we tried Migas Breakfast tacos. Migas is a popular Tex-Mex breakfast dish, consisting of a mix of scrambled eggs corn tortilla strips, onions, chile peppers, tomatoes and cheese, most often found in a breakfast taco. We felt like real locals trying them. Also a local Austin staple is Topo Chico, a mineral water that comes in this glass bottle that I had a packaging crush on (we even took ours home as a keepsake of Austin). And be sure to try a local favorite cocktail: Topo Chico mixed with local favorite vodka, Grapefruit Deep Eddy.

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Breakfast Tacos

Next up is the infamous Texas BBQ. Austin has this reputation for having the best brisket, housed in food trucks with crazy, long lines that sell out before 1 pm. So clearly needing to see/eat all of the hype, I braved the line at La Barbecue on Saturday morning, getting there at 11:20 am and walking to the picnic table with a tray of heaping pounds of meat around 12:45 pm. The line isn’t as bad as you’d think because on Saturdays, you can pump free beer from a keg while you wait in the salty heat. $33 got us enough meat to feed a full family. We loved the brisket but overall everything was amazing and lived up to it’s reputation. In case you still aren’t full from piles of pork, swing by Gourdough’s for donuts made of crazy concoctions.

We even had time to try a few more foodie favorites: Qui, Odd Duck and Uchi. Qui has an outdoor patio, Pulutan, with cheaper eats than their normal tasting menu. Qui had great cocktails and small plates, but the most noteworthy dish was the cheddar cheese ice cream sandwich. Odd Duck had some of the most innovative flavor combinations and was very veggie friendly. The favorite being the Sunchoke tater tots with deviled egg, beets and drizzled in  dill oil with a house draft ginger beer Moscow Mule to wash it down on the patio. Uchi is the queen of sushi in Austin and is known for being pricey but if you go for the daily Sake Social Hour, there is a select menu with cheaper food and drink prices. $3 Sake, anyone?!

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Odd Duck

Our final Austin food conquest was a big one- Whole Foods. The Whole Foods Headquarters is based in Austin so needless to say it’s the best of the best when it comes to Whole Foods. It’s HUGE with extra samples and a section for every food category you can think of. After aimlessly walking through the aisles and aisles of local food, we decided on the full blown sushi bar for a sashimi bowl and grabbed a smoothie on my our way out to sit in the large outdoors dining area.

So yes, SXSW is all about innovative thinkers and do-ers but also eaters. Don’t be afraid to gain a few pounds and definitely pack your stretchy jeans to ATX. Life is too short to say no to BBQ.

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S'well at SXSW

SXSW is upon us and we can’t wait to escape to the warm Austin sun. As we prepare and pack our bags, we wanted to share with you some of Team S’well travel necessities:

– 9oz Ocean Blue | Shimmer Collection S’well bottle to stay hydrated

-Botkier White Warren Backpack to carry everything in style

-Opening Ceremony Mophie Phone Charger because no one likes a dead phone

-Nourish Energize Snacks to stay energized in between big taco and BBQ binges

SXSW Packing List

SXSW Packing List

If you’re looking to explore Austin outside of SXSW, you’ve got to check out The Afar Guide To Austin, giving you essential lists of the best places to sightsee, shop, and more.  If you’re hoping to get a taste of Austin, then look no further than Infatuation which will be running, talking, paneling and of course #eeeeeats-ing throughout SXSW.

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Want to meet team S’well? We will be all over Austin for SXSW. Come find our team at the Funny or Die house, the Spotify house and you may even see S’well bottles at Jimmy Kimmel Live, SXSW Interactive panel or every taco truck in the city. Tag #sxswell to join the conversation and view our live social feed here.

 

S’well at MBFW | NYFW

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Once again, this season S’well joined Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to provide bottles to their VIP event attendees. We created a three-piece exclusive limited edition collection of 9oz bottles from the Stone Collection; Moonstone, Amethyst and Smokey Quartz featuring exclusive MBFW designs by Richard Haines.

Additionally, S’well was excited to create custom bottles for designers like Cynthia VIncent, Zimmermann, BCBGMAXAZRIA, and Opening Ceremony for their NYFW shows and backstage.

The bottles looked as chic as what was coming down the runway and were the perfect fashion week accessory as team S’well attended BCBGMAXAZRIA, Zimmermann, Charlotte Ronson, Lacoste, Mara Hoffman, Opening Ceremony and Carolina Herrera New York Fashion Week shows.

 

 

 

Jam with us to our “Jaded” Spotify Playlist

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As mentioned in our previous blog post, we’ve been feeling like we’re living in an eternal winter here in New York.  But we know the end is near and we all will defrost soon.

We’ve got some good times coming our way at SXSW this month! We’re excited to be apart of this year’s Spotify house during SXSW Interactive hosting SoulCycle in the mornings and amazing artist performances throughout the day/evening.

Team S’well has been compiling a playlist of tunes we can’t get out of our heads in hopes to get us through the remaining weeks winter a little bit faster. If you have a Spotify account, search for “swellbottle” and check out what we’re listening to. If you don’t already have it, download Spotify and jam to our “Jaded” playlist.

Winter got you feeling jaded too? We’re kicking off the last month of cold weather by taking 15% off 9oz and 25oz Jade from now until March 31st, while supplies last. Shop now.

 

Spotify x S'well that will be featured at SXSW Interactive.

Spotify x S’well that will be featured at SXSW Interactive.

Winter in the City

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We’re going to be honest; winter in New York City can be brutal. We’d love to let it go and say that the cold never bothered us anyway, but the cold is really starting to bother us. There’s no escaping the bone chilling cold, those gusts of wind that can sweep you off your feet or the feeling that it’s never going to stop snowing. Even still, team S’well has been braving the weather to explore the wonders of winter in New York City.

A stroll through Bryant Park is fitting for any season. But in the winter, the famous Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain freezes over, stopping tourists and New Yorkers in their tracks. The icicles hanging over the granite fountain resemble a crystal chandelier.

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Frozen Fountain at Bryant Park

Lucky for us, our new office is located conveniently close to The City Bakery, home to that famous hot chocolate you see everyone posting on Instagram. And we totally get the hype. The rich cocoa is not to be compared and warms our bellies when we can’t feel our fingers.

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The City Bakery infamous Hot Chocolate

 

Spotlight on the S’well Sales Team

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We’re in the height of trade show season here at S’well- next up ENKVegas! So let’s take a break with our Sales Department making it all happen.

The S’well Bottle Sales Team includes (from left to right):
Amanda Spaeth, Sales Manager
Lana Hansen, VP of Sales
Kathryn Selby, Director of Custom Sales
Elizabeth Miranda, Sales Assistant
Gina LaRochelle, Sales & Merchandising Coordinator
Kat Cohen, Sales Coordinator

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1. Now Playing… On Repeat?
LH: Jungle & anything by the Naked and Famous
AS: 99 Problems- Jay-Z, a modern classic
KS: Anything acoustic… Spotify is my DJ
GL: Sugar- Maroon 5 or anything that comes out of Sam Smith’s mouth
KC: Collide- Evvy
EM: 90’s hits on Spotify especially One week- Barenaked Ladies

2. Online Obsession?
LH: ShopBop and Nordstrom.com, two of our wonderful E-Commerce partners
AS: IMDB, constantly looking while watching TV and Movies, and George Takei on any social media platform
KS: ClassPass.com
GL: Keep.com
KC: NYT, BuzzFeed, Perez Hilton
EM: Online Shopping for warmer weather, been really into Nasty Gal

3. Favorite Brunch Spot?
LH: Driving out of Manhattan to Queens for dumplings at Dong Yi Feng
AS: My sister’s apartment; she is the best cook I know (besides my mother, of course)
KS: Diablo Royale is a favorite for big group brunches!
GL: Cafeteria (always)
KC: Try something new every time, but Jack’s Wife is a favorite
EM: Cafe Cortadito (If you haven’t tried it you MUST)

4. What’s in your S’well?
LH: Emergen-C, a Winter staple for a Vitamin C hit to ward off colds!
AS: Water, usually with some vitamins or other flavoring added
KS: Water for workouts & wine after work
GL: Iced Green Tea — is wine an acceptable answer?
KC: Tea
EM: Grapefruit Juice that we had last week .. so good <3

5. Spirit Animal?
LH: Leopard. I actually own a faux Leopard coat which is my Winter amour this time of the year.
AS: Owl
KS: Deer
GL: Pig! Love them or is that gross? Horse?
KC: Cat? not really sure about this one..
EM: Butterfly

6. Current S’well?
LH: 25oz Navy Alligator, the best desk accessory for long days at the office
AS: 25oz Blanc Crocodile with Angel Food Cap
KS: 25oz Tahoe Dusk
GL: 17oz Sailcloth
KC: 17oz Onyx with Black Licorice Cap
EM: 17oz Birds of Paradise

Next Trip Planned?
LH: Santorini to watch the beautiful sunsets and swim in the ocean
AS: Not sure yet but somewhere to just lay out at a pool or the beach with a cocktail and a good book
KS: D.C. for a friends wedding!
GL: New Orleans!!
KC: West Palm Beach, FL
EM: Croatia for Yacht Week

Want to see the rest of the team? Check out our new Team page.

LOVE is in the Air

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February is here and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the pressure is on for the perfect gift. Diamonds, chocolates, roses – they’re so last year. This year is all about S’well bottles and a fresh box of donuts! Recipe for success:

Take your 25oz Sparkling Champagne filled to the brim with bubbly on a night out with your special someone. The vacuum seal will keep the champagne carbonated to ensure your night really sparkles. Feeling poetic? Write a love note on your Valentine’s S’well bottle with our Chalk Ink pens. Lucky for you, the chalk ink wipes off easily with a wet cloth so if you aren’t ready to commit to the L-word…

Can’t decide which color to go with? We recommend Sparkling Champagne & Pink Champagne pictured below from the Glitter Collection. Enter our PIN IT TO WIN IT contest on Pinterest for a chance to win one of these bottles. Make sure to pin this photo and tag #swellbottle. The winners will be announced on 3/15.

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And for all of you still thinking about the donuts, the best donuts in NYC are from Dough, just a few blocks from the S’well bottle HQ.

 

Tailgate the Big Game

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The Big Game is fast approaching and despite all the eating we’ve done during the blizzard, we can’t wait to get our hands on some football food and drinks! The buffalo wings, the chips and dip, the ice cold beer; touchdowns all around. Lucky for us Food Network has devoted a whole section of their website to Big Game recipes and they do not disappoint. From Beer-Focused Cocktails to Super Bowl Sweets, we’re ready for some tailgating. Tote your beer or beverage of choice in your S’well insulated bottle to keep your drinks cold or hot for the entire festivities.

Make sure to check the S’well Facebook page on game day (Sunday 2/1) for a chance to win two S’well bottles! We’ll be giving away bottles with the winning team’s colors to the fan who predicts the closest final score.

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9oz Blue Suede, Silver Lining + Rowboat Red | Shimmer Collection representing the New England Patriots vs. 9oz Blue Tourmaline, Smokey Quartz & Peridot | Stone Collection representing the Seattle Seahawks.

Stay Fit With S’well

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We’re a few weeks into the new year and maintaining the “New Year, New You” attitude. Aside from drinking our daily smoothies, Team S’well has been working on our fitness. Whether it is a yoga class, boot camp, spinning or lifting at the gym, we’ve always got a sleek stainless steel S’well water bottle with us. There’s nothing worse than when you reach for your water bottle mid-sweat, wanting a sip of refreshing water, left only to find that it’s warm. But since S’well bottles are made of insulated stainless steel, they will keep your drink cold for 24 hours, guaranteeing a thirst quenching sip till your workout is through.

Our friends Ivens Solstad, @IvensFitness and Brendan Fallis @brendanfallis, DJ & fitness enthusiast, have shared with us part of their daily routines that have been whipping us into shape:

LEGS by Ivens Solstad
Squats – 4 sets of 12 reps
Lunges – 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Donkey kicks on the smith machine – 4 sets of 12 reps
Leg press – 4 sets of 10-12 reps
Leg extension – 4 sets of 10- 15 reps
Calves standing on the smith machine – 4 sets of 12-15 reps

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2x100m sprints at 50% intensity
2x100m sprints at 80% intensity
6x100m sprints at 100% intensity
1x400m sprints as hard as you can go

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Turn heads while you stay fit doing these routines with your favorite S’well.

Smoothie Season

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This month, we are ALL about the smoothie life. The S’well team loves to share recipes that that we can use in our home blenders & juicers. We come to the office every morning with crazy concoctions that we blend at home and carry with us in our S’well Bottle of choice. Since S’well Bottle is a double-walled insulated stainless steel bottle, our smoothies stay cold ALL day- literally cold for 24 hours. Try two of our favorite smoothie recipes below and you too will want to join our smoothie kick:

Julia Dzafic, Blogger for Lemon Stripes and Marketing Director for Nourish Snacks provided us with the best green smoothie that is both healthy for you and actually tastes delicious:

Greeña Colada Smoothie
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 banana
Small handful of frozen pineapple chunks
2 large handfuls of spinach or kale (you can hardly taste it, I swear!)
1 spoonful of coconut butter (this will change your life)
Blend & Enjoy with 25oz Bikini Pink | Satin Collection

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The Peanut Butter Banana Kale smoothie is like a healthy version of a PB/Banana milkshake:

PB BANANA KALE
1 banana
1 cup nut milk
1 cup torn kale
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup ice
Blend & Enjoy with 25oz Orange Sherbet | Glitter Collection

S’well Bottle isn’t just a water bottle so try toting your homemade smoothies and juices on the go with your S’well and you’ll be hooked.

New Year, New You Newsletter 2015

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New Year, New You 2015

Happy 2015! This past year has been a special one. Our CEO and Founder Sarah Kauss was on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list, team S’well almost tripled in size, and we moved into a beautiful new office. Team S’well is excited to be moving into the New Year full of lots of opportunities.

Of course, we have a few resolutions in mind for the year ahead. We understand that maintaining resolutions through the whole year is an almost impossible undertaking. We’re going to keep at least this one resolution this year (we really mean it!) to drink more water. We’ve been reading about the benefits of drinking hot lemon water (i.e. Lifehack) and plan on starting our days with a full bottle.

Of course, we’re going to try to be fit and eat healthier, which is why we are so excited that Julia Dzafic and Brendan Fallis have so generously provided us with a recipe and workout routine to help get us going in the right direction.

Check out our New Year New You 2015 edition Newsletter for more.

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