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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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Mint Julep To-Go

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Break out your biggest hat and pastel clothing because it’s that time of year again… DERBY. The only thing better than the race at the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep. To celebrate this year’s derby take your Mint Julep on the go with our Silver Lining S’well bottle. Here’s our favorite recipe via Epicurious:mint-julep-derby-recipe

  1. Start with an ounce of minted simple syrup
  2. Add one cup of crushed ice
  3. Pour 2 ounces of bourbon whiskey and a splash of water
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with remaining ice
  5. Stir or tighten our vacuum sealed cap to shake for a thorough mix
  6. Top with fresh mint sprig for garnish

This drink recipe will fit perfectly in a 9oz S’well bottle, easy to carry in your bag throughout the weekend’s festivities. Shop 9oz Silver Lining | Shimmer Collection S’well now.

Go GREEN this Earth Day

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Earth Day is here and it always makes us take a step back and think about how we can be more green and help the planet. We’ve come up with a few tips for you to keep in mind:

Turn Off The Lights

This one seems pretty easy, yet it’s such an easy thing to forget.  When you leave a room, turn the lights off. It’s as simple as that.

Buy Locally

We love to visit Manhattan’s Union Square Farmer’s Market. It’s a great way to try all different foods from locally sourced vendors and farms. Buying locally is a great delicious way to help the planet and your local community.

Conserve Water

As a reusable water bottle company and partner of The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Tap Project, we highly encourage all of our followers to conserve water. Try to remember to turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and to take shorter showers too.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If you own a S’well bottle you’re automatically reducing the number of plastic water bottles being used! It is so simple to replace your plastic bottles with our S’well. Plus, your water will stay colder much longer than in your dreaded plastic bottle.

We even suggest to re-use the beautiful packaging your S’well bottle comes in. How about using your packaging as a table centerpiece- you can wrap the packaging with wrapping paper and insert dried flowers! You can even use your empty tube as a spaghetti holder! Tag your best shots of reusing your S’well packaging with #greenswell for chance to win a GREEN S’well.

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Coachella 101

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Lately, our social feeds have been taken over by palm tree lined sunset Coachella shots. The Indio desert has been invaded with trendsetters alike bobbing to live music with flowers in their hair. Having gone, there’s a few first hand tips that you’ll want to know going into weekend 2 of Coachella:

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  1. HYDRATE (IN STYLE)

The desert is dry, hot and dusty and the last thing you want at any festival is a spout of dehydration. So our first tip is to pack a S’well bottle that you can fill up at the free water stations throughout the festival. The 9oz S’well is perfect because it won’t get heavy in your backpack or satchel of choice. You can even match your outfits to your S’well for an optimal #OOTD.

  1. AIRPLANE MODE, FOREVER & ALWAYS

Of course, make sure you stick with someone at all times and make an easy and recognizable meeting spot in case you all split for whatever reason. But most importantly turn your phone on airplane mode until you really need to use it. The service will be so bad that your phone will be searching for a signal and slowly draining your battery. Be sure to close out of all your battery draining apps as well. Really need to send that snapchat of Drake’s performance? Just turn off airplane mode until it goes through and then toggle it back on again.

As a back up, bring a chalk ink pen to write your friends cell phone # on your S’well in case your phone does end up dying. The chalk ink pen’s ink quickly dries on your S’well and stays smudge free until you want to wipe it off easily with a damp cloth.

  1. COMFORTABLE SHOES ARE A MUST

You’ll be on your feet ALL day (with the exception of when you’re escaping between sets to the beer garden). No one wants feet full of blisters after day 1. Our favorite festival shoe, the classic Arizona birkenstocks, are sure to provide the support your feet will need all day long.

  1. AVOID THE STORM

Assuming you haven’t spent much time in the desert, we’ll let you in on a little secret; Avoid the dust. On your way to and from the shuttle stop, the stampedes of Coachella goers create quite the dust storm. So bringing a bandana in your backpack to tie over your nose/mouth will help you to avoid a sand storm in your lungs.

  1. WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN

Also on the subject of the desert, it may get scorching hot in the afternoons, but the evenings can get pretty chilly so pack layers that you can throw on as the sun goes down. You don’t want to be the one shivering at the after party. We especially love this light-weight kimono via Shopbop.

  1. #SWELLCHELLA

Take lots and lots of pictures. Your friends and followers will be secretly living vicariously through your Coachella adventures so don’t keep them waiting!

Take any pictures of your S’well at Coachella? Be sure to tag @swellbottle #swellbottle and you just might be regrammed!

TED by Sarah Kauss, Proud TEDster

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It’s been one week since the closing of TED 2015 and I think I am officially past the post-TED depression that sets in just after this amazing event ends each year. Attending TED is akin to the feelings of celebrating a milestone birthday, a trip to Disney World, viewing a meteor shower for the first time, all while realizing your last handwritten grocery list won a Pulitzer Prize for writing. There is a fair degree of anticipation, followed by complete awe of the universe, mixed with some astonishing and surprising moments, so much so that you know you will be forever changed upon returning home with this new knowledge and insight. However, upon returning to your post-TED life, you are accosted with a bombardment of your day to day life, including a week’s worth of emails, meetings and calls.

I pushed through last week’s sadness of returning to Earth, and wanted to share a few of my favorite moments from TED 2015.

Let’s start with Monica. The first question that many asked me about TED this year was about Monica. What did I think? How did she make me feel? Was I able to sit through her whole talk? Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would think about her talk, and I did sit in the back row so I could gracefully exit if needed to escape mid-talk. However, I was rapt with attention and quite moved by her story. I think she is a brave woman and made a powerful argument about online bullying and the power that is granted to each of us with the right of free speech. One powerful line from her talk “Public shaming as a bloodsport needs to stop. Trafficking in shame brings profit to predators.” If you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to her talk. It’s well worth 20 minutes to watch this, regardless of how your think you feel about her or the Monica you think you know from decades ago.

Probably my favorite quote from the week came from Dame Stephanie Shirley, who took to signing her business letters as “Steve” to earn the ability to pitch a women-owned and 100% women staffed software company in the 1960s. In her wise wordsYou can always tell an ambitious woman by the shape of our heads. They are flat on top from being patted patronizingly.” Here’s a link to her talk. I have her memoir on my reading list, as she is clearly one of the most impressive business women who somehow was only introduced to me with this talk.

Finally, this year’s deserving TED prize winner is so worth learning more about. Dave Isay started StoryCorps in 2003 as a way to connect with someone else, and honoring them by listening to their story. In his words- “Listening is an act of love.” StoryCorps is now the largest collection of human voices ever collected. Dave is such an inspiration to me. His idea is changing the world in a meaningful and deliberate way. Watch the talk here, or better yet, download the StoryCorps App and make your own interview with someone special in your life today.

Well, it’s back to my mundane life back at S’well, which is still pretty great. At least I have the memories of such an amazing experience. I have my limited edition TED 2015 S’well bottle on my desk at work to remind me to keep the excitement of TED in my heart until this awesome experience begins again next year…

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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

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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.