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Coachella & How to Bring Your Fest Best

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It’s about the time of year again…That’s right, folks – it’s festival season! We’re gearing up for all the season’s best events, including New York’s own Gov Ball and Panorama NYC, classics like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, plus more from the likes of Sweetlife, Firefly and even Glastonbury across the pond. And how could we forget Coachella?

Arguably one of the biggest music festivals in the US, Coachella is held over 2 weekends (April 15-17 and April 22-24). With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, Guns N’ Roses, Calvin Harris, A$AP Rocky, the 1975 and more, there’s plenty to do and eat. But like all music festivals, Coachella can be exhausting so you’ve got to come prepared.

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First things first: hydration is key. It’s inevitably going to be hot and you’ll probably be drinking, so it’s imperative to bring a water bottle. On behalf of the planet, you should bring a reusable bottle. On behalf of your own well-being, you should bring an insulated bottle to keep your liquids cold. Lucky for you, S’well bottles take care of both. Plus, the 9oz S’well is the perfect size for toting around. If you’re planning on bringing your fest best, we recommend the Galaxy Collection. The iridescent finish of these bottles bring just the right vibe.

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Other festival essentials include a portable phone charger, small bag or fanny pack, reliable pair of sunnies, layers (especially at Coachella, where the temp can quickly drop at sundown) and a comfortable pair of shoes.

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Don’t forget to catch us at Coachella this weekend on Snapchat or Twitter. Stay tuned to see how it goes. Happy festing, everyone! Stay cool.

Gov Ball: NYC’s Best Kept Music Secret

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Governor’s Ball Music Festival, aka GOV BALL, is NYC’s best kept music festival secret. Tickets are substantially less expensive than Coachella and other major festivals but the line up is just as impressive featuring headliners Drake, Lana del Rey, the Black Keys and Florence and the Machine. Those of us in the office attending are currently preparing our ears on Spotify with our custom made playlist.

If you don’t have tickets you can follow along on our Spotify playlist here. We’re clearly most excited to see Drake and Florence and the Machine but other highlights from the festival include the Lana del Rey, Odesza, , ASTR, Little Dragon, Flume, Ratatat and the Black Keys.

Luckily for our taste buds, the Infatuation partnered with Gov Ball this year to curate the food vendors. Our favorite #EEEEEATS include Luke’s Lobster, Momofuku Milk Bar, Mighty Quinn’s, Taqueria Diana, Van Leeuwen, Tacombi. Our stomach’s growling already thinking about it!
We are even excited about Gov Ball’s location on Randall’s Island- just a ferry ride from Manhattan gives you an excuse to be on a boat with some fresh air outside the city.

And it goes without saying to make sure you pack your favorite color S’well bottle and fill it at the water stations throughout the venue to stay hydrated in between visiting the beer tents and never ending acts.

Unlike Drake’s mixtape, if you’re reading this it’s NOT TOO LATE to buy tickets, still available here. Also not too late to get a S’well bottle in time for the festival, swing by Rothman’s in Union Square for a wide variety of S’well bottle colors and styles at our temporary pop up shop. You may just come out of there with one for you at Gov Ball and one for Dad for Father’s Day…

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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!

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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.