S’well Water Bottles

Hey folks, I’m back. Sorry about the long absence. I took a class this spring and between that and work and mom/wife/daughter duties, May and June flew by with no blogging. I did get an A+ in the class, so I hope that’s some consolation for you, knowing I was still working hard even though I was not blogging. Anyways, I’m glad to be back and I have some great ideas for posts and looking forward to blogging on a more regular schedule.

Without further ado, I would like to talk about S’well bottles today.

S’well is an American company that makes high grade stainless-steel, vacuum-sealed bottles for water, coffee, tea or whatever. According to their website:

S’well bottles are beautifully crafted composed of non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel, that keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need. S’well is a charitable community member and proud partner of charitable organizations. As the premier fashionable and reusable water bottle, we have found that our customers love these bottles worldwide. S’well is currently sold in 35 countries worldwide in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Middle East, and throughout Asia.

I got introduced to S’well bottles by The Style Bar in Osborne Village. Regan, the owner, gushed about the bottles when they came in and convinced me I needed to have one.

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Of course I have a bright pink one, what other colour would I have chosen??

I do think the bottle is as good as they say. I have been on the search for the perfect water bottle for most of my adult life and I feel this one is the closest. I have the 9oz size and I like the physical size as it fits easily in my purse or gym bag and is light when I am running around with it at bootcamp. That being said, I drink more than 9oz of water in any one sitting so I feel a larger one would be more useful.

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And so far, when I have put the lid on properly, I have not had any leaks. It’s been upside down in my car, in my gym bag, it’s fallen out of my stroller… still leak-proof. I’ve had it a couple of months now (maybe four, I can’t remember exactly) and haven’t had any problems.

Now, the only downside I can find is the price. $30+ for a water bottle is pretty pricey in my opinion. Now that I’ve seen the excellent quality, this is definitely is a case of you get what you pay for.

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Verdict: I really love mine. I’m glad I bought it but would really think hard before purchasing a second in another size just to have around.

Another option: buy it as a gift. Your friend/SO/parent/family member will be thrilled at the amazing bottle they got and you can break out of the rut of buying them a bottle of wine, again.

Shop Local Saturdays – The Style Bar

Welcome to my new series, Shop Local Saturdays. From now until Christmas, I plan on doing a weekly feature on local businesses. My goal this Christmas is to shop local whenever I can. So far, it hasn’t been going so great but I’m only half done shopping so I got some time to work on it.

Today, I want to talk about one of my new favourite stores for clothing for myself and my husband: The Style Bar.

Check out the line of denim she carries for women: Celebrity Pink. They come in several fab colours.
Check out the line of denim she carries for women: Celebrity Pink. They come in several fab colours. And fleece-lined tights are perfect for wearing skirts during Winnipeg winters. On super cold days, I even layer mine under my pants.

 

Regan (pronounced Ray-gan, like the president), who owns the store, is lovely. She always has a smile whenever I stop by and we talk about new trends in Winnipeg and she shows me what new items have come in.

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This basic black pencil skirt has pleather panels down either side updating the style for 2014.

 

She carries a lot of great clothing for men and women that are trendy and very transitionable: wear them to the office and then out for dinner or drinks. And all women’s items in store are under $100. Affordable, trendy and durable clothing – can you tell why I love this store so much?!

My husband has a pair of this line of denim for men - now he won't wear anything else!
My husband has a pair from this line of denim for men – now he won’t wear anything else!

 

My new favourite item that I recently purchased from there is this sweater:

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I’ve already worn it a few dozen times since I purchased it at the end of September. It is so versatile and soft, I just love it.

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These sweaters will keep your guy (and you!) cozy all winter

 

I also love that she carries some local brands including Lenard Taylor and Oak + Oar.

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The Style Bar is located in Osborne Village on River Ave, in the old Kustom Kulture location. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. A big thanks to Regan for sending the photos of her shop so I could include them in this post. Happy Shopping!

Totally Random Friday – May 2

Hi Shoppers! Feels like it’s been a boring week.

lav-endureI bought this polish last Friday and have worn it by itself for three straight days since I love it so much and I only have one tiny chip on my thumb that isn’t bothering me.

 

 

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Must be a lilac week because I picked up these jeans at The Style Bar. Totally love them except for the fact that they are super low-rise and I am a short person so they definitely won’t work for everyone.

Wardrobe Wednesday did not work out this week but let’s cross our fingers for next week.

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Patiently waiting for my Plie Wand and May Maven box from Julep. It just shipped so it will be awhile before it comes. Loving alot of the colours from this month but I managed to restrain myself to just four: Paulette (pink one fourth from the left), Laree (far left), Jules (second from the left) and Kam (gree one). And the Plie Wand Creativity Kit. Julep is a monthly subscription box with new colours and products every month for $20. Want to sign up? Feel free to use my referral link here. Your first box is free using the coupon code FREEBOX. 

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I purchased even more nail polish through the Topbox Limited Edition Flare Mani-Pedi Kit. For $25 you get a subscription to Flare (which worked out perfectly as mine just expired, value: $15 per year), six Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes ($9-10 each retail), Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm (~$7), Sally Hansen Dry & Go Drops (~$8) and a nail file. Great value!  They also have a LouLou one that I’m hemming and hawing on as my LouLou subscription just ran out too. Topbox is another box subscription service that costs $12 per month. I haven’t signed up for this one as the reviews are kind of all over the place. Some love it, some don’t.

 

Even though my daughter is only 20 months (read: just over a year and a half) we are going to start potty training next week. I have the 3 Day Potty Training book and am planning on training next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So there definitely won’t be any Totally Random Friday next week. I’m choosing to do it early because she shows almost all signs of readiness and I would really like it to be done before summer comes.

What have you bought this week? Any plans for Mother’s Day on May 11th? Happy Shopping!