Here at S’well HQ, we’ve been working for the weekend and now it’s finally time kick back and relax. In celebration of the 3-day break, we put together a Spotify playlist to accompany you and your S’well bottle poolside, beachside, or wherever else you might be this Memorial Day. Yes, we know there’s a lot of Drizzy included. But an office that loves Drake together, stays together. Enjoy!
Last week, the S’well team was in Austin, Texas for the SXSW Film, Music & Interactive Media Festival. There was plenty to do, plenty to eat & plenty of cool people to meet. Here’s a quick run-through of how the week went down.
You wouldn’t be doing Austin right if you didn’t start the mornings with breakfast tacos. Our favorite taco joints include Torchy’s Tacos (Obama himself patroned the cherished taco spot during his visit to ATX), Veracruz All Natural food truck and Tacodeli.
Throughout the week, various companies and brands hosted activations at different houses (this is just a cool way of saying they hosted parties at different venues). S’well partnered with Funny or Die for a Sunday showcase concert featuring Penguin Prison at the #FODTX SXSW House at the Scoot Inn.
In addition to working with Funny or Die, S’well also partnered with Universal Music Group to green out the JW Marriott for the “MUSIC IS UNIVERSAL” experience. The event included rooftop yoga with GAP, concerts with Ryan Adams and The Avett Brothers, and a poolside DJ night with a live mural painting experience by artist Yoon Hyup. In case you missed it, S’well collaborated with Yoon Hyup to create our Austin Nights bottle (it sold out within a few days), featuring an outline of the Austin skyline.
Our favorite places for #EEEEEATS included the very instagrammable Launderette & Josephine House, Hopdoddy Burger Bar (a more in depth ode to Shake Shack), Juiceland (for fresh smoothies to help get over those ATX hangovers), East Side King Thai-Kun (food truck at Whisler’s Cocktail bar), and Foreign & Domestic (a great BBQ pit off the beaten path). All of the food trucks, although more of a slow sit down pace, were insanely good.
Despite the heat, we had an amazing time and met a lot of cool people along the way (shoutout to our new friends BØRNS & Cloves). All of this and more was covered on our Snapchat story. Stay in the loop by following us for more behind the scenes looks at the S’well life… and stay weird Austin.
The S’well marketing team is heading down to Austin, Texas this weekend for the South by Southwest film, music, and interactive media festival. In its entirety, the festival lasts 9 days and covers everything from film premieres and major musical acts to media presentations and emerging technologies. It’s definitely not our first rodeo so we’ve come to view ourselves as SXSW veterans. Here’s a list of essentials that always help to get the most out of the festival experience:
Sensible shoes are a must-have. The Adidas Superstar Foundation Shoes are the perfect mix between comfort and style.
A portable phone charger to make sure you’re always powered up. We’re obsessed with the Triple C Primo Universal Power Bank. It’s sleek, stylish, and works with basically any portable electronic device.
Texas is HOT, so hydration is always key. Lucky for us, we know good and well how to ensure proper hydration: S’well Bottles. We’re releasing a new Limited Edition S’well bottle called ‘Austin Night’, a designer collaboration with Yoon Hyup for SXSW. Austin Night will be available to purchase online at swellbottle.com on Monday March 14th.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.