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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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…
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.
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
SPRINTS by Brendan Fallis
2x100m sprints at 50% intensity
2x100m sprints at 80% intensity
6x100m sprints at 100% intensity
1x400m sprints as hard as you can go
Turn heads while you stay fit doing these routines with your favorite S’well.
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:
Greeña Colada Smoothie
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
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
The Peanut Butter Banana Kale smoothie is like a healthy version of a PB/Banana milkshake:
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.
Throw Back Thursday. Wine Wednesday. Of course, we’re big fans of both, but one of our favorite days of the week is Monday. We know what you’re thinking: “How could anyone like Mondays?”, but hear us out. Here, at the S’well office, we have a little something called Bagel Mondays.
“What is Bagel Monday?”, you ask. It’s just as it sounds. Every Monday, after we’ve dragged our tired bodies out of bed to our desks, we are greeted with that familiar delicious smell of fresh, warm, fluffy carbohydrates. We have found that it’s the best way to get the creative juices flowing. A bagel, as the first thing on a Monday morning, has also been found to cure our post weekend blues and prepare us for the long week ahead.
Sure, a few cups of coffee will help getting through Monday (or any day of the week) a bit easier, but we believe a good bagel in the morning could put pep in anyone’s step. You can bring your bagel on the go with your reusable stainless steel S’well Bottle too. In this case, we have Gramercy Bagel’s Everything Bagel and Midnight Black | Shimmer Collection S’well featured.
Next up, we are going to put the S’well spotlight on Tompkins Square Bagels and their Birthday Cake cream cheese, so stay tuned!
Customized Yellow Zinc, Silver Lining and Angel Food for MBFW S/S15
Located in the heart of New York, S’well is proud to be a part of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for S/S15. We were excited to see the collection’s colors, textures and patterns in all its glory as well as meet the attendees with the S’well bottles, customized exclusively for this fashion week. A three-piece exclusive limited edition collection featuring our 9 oz. bottles: Yellow Zinc, Silver Lining, and Angel Food, was launched in the season’s VIP gift bags with the exclusive MBFW designs by Richard Haines to commemorate the special event.
S’well also provided the exclusive MBFW bottles for Rebecca Minkoff and customized bottles for VIP bags at Zimmermann and Mara Hoffman. We loved partnering with Mara Hoffman once again since our last meeting at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. We are happy about new and on-going partnerships, and as a team that wants people to drink in style, we would not have spent the week any other way.
Adding the new bird feeder to our ginkgo tree outside the S’well HQ
S’well has always been committed to giving back to the community. So, when we heard about MillionTreesNYC, we jumped at the opportunity to help. MillionTreesNYC (MTNYC) is a citywide program whose goal is to plant one million new trees in NYC over the next ten years. They provide tools and host events dedicated to learning about the creation and preservation of trees in the city. This program is funded both by the City of New York and private organizations to make the city a cleaner and more beautiful place to live.
Our team decided to contribute to their cause by caring for the two male ginkgo trees outside of the S’well office. The continued care of NYC trees is another very important aspect of the MTNYC initiative. We were so excited about adopting our new trees that we posted a lovely photo on Instagram. After posting, we were contacted by the outreach coordinator of MTNYC named Jessica. She was so friendly that even provided us with a toolkit which contained gardening equipment and instructions for the care of our tree.
One afternoon, the whole team took the trek outside helping to care for and beautify our new ginkgo trees. We cleaned out all of the trash from the tree base and added some fertile soil. We also chose beautiful flowers to plant underneath our new trees and even added a bird feeder to attract some local wildlife to our doorstep. We appreciated the many compliments from passerby’s and neighbors and hoped we inspired them to care for other trees in the neighborhood.
Charlie and Lana prepare to plant their flowers
Erin showing off her gardening skills
Now, it’s your turn: S’well needs help naming our two new ginkgo trees. We are hosting a naming contest and running now through July 31st. Please comment on our Facebook post with a name for our trees to enter. The top two names will each receive a 17 oz. Clubhouse S’well bottle!
The S’well Bottle team just came back from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami. S’well Bottle partnered with IMG + MBFashion to launch a three-piece exclusive, limited edition anniversary collection of their 9 oz. bottles. Orange Sherbet, Sweet Mint, and Seashell Pink feature exclusive MBFW Swim designs to commemorate the special milestone. To keep guests hydrated in style, IMG Fashion distributed the limited edition bottles during official events and activities around the Miami show site. Take a look at the S’well experience in Miami via our #swellbottle @ #MBFWSwim Pinterest board.