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2015 Year in Review with S’well

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2015 was a year full of excitement. The company celebrated our 5th birthday, introduced new collections, partnered with some very noteworthy designers and organizations, started selling in Starbucks, passed major social media milestones, produced our first holiday film and hit record sales. Join us as we relive the major moments of the year with our S’well 2015 Year in Review timeline.2015Review_Running75%

Want to learn more about what S’well has been up to? Check out our past blog posts or follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Snapchat (@swellbottle). See you next year!

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 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

 

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.

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:

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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.