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Thirst in Style | S’well Bottle

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A while back I discovered S’well Bottle while surfing my instagram feed. Like you are probably now, I wondered what in the world it was, and how I could get my hands on one! On the surface it looks like any ordinary bottle. Something you may pick up a Target in hopes to store your beverage in a stylish way, with low expectations on the actual quality or technology behind it. S’well Bottle is the exact opposite of that. This innovative bottle of the future is designed to keep your beverages cold for up to 24 hours and warm for up to 12. Sounds impossible right? It’s not an empty promise.. S’well is insulated, with a double wall of the highest grade pure steel available. This grade of steel holds the temperature and also protects the bottle from any falls or accidents. It also rids any metallic taste you may find while consuming your beverage from aluminum bottles. 

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While that would probably be enough for most people, S’well decided to bring a bit more to the table.. Style! As you take a look at the brand you’ll fall in love!  A website that draws you in and gets you involved, and sends you directly to tour the many incredible finishes and sizes available. From matte to stone, shiny, and even glitter. Then there’s my favorite, the wood collection. That’s right, wood! The S’well bottle is available in 3 sizes, from 9-25oz and all fit right in your cup holder. They even designed a bottle, the 250z that will fit a whole bottle of wine! Perfect for an evening in the park!

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What does a bottle like this mean for the environment? It means a lot. Just using 1 of these bottles means we save 3,000 plastic ones from ending up in landfills, and cuts down on the over 60 Million that we use every day in the US. And in perfect S’well character, it means even more! The brand decided to make an even bigger difference by partnering with WaterAid to provide a portion of the proceeds to provide clean water around the world. Even further, they also decided to select a few more charities.. Keep A Child Alive, to aid families in Africa & India affected by HIV. American Forests who give back to the earth by planting 1 tree for every bottle in the wood collection sold, and Drink Up which provides healthy alternatives and awareness right here in America!

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These high fashion bottles are sure to become a trending accessory this year.. just take a look for yourself! Already the bottle has been featured at big hollywood events and has been a fun part of staple fashion showcases. Proving further that S’well is part of the fashion world, you can pick up a bottle at J.Crew, Nordstrom and even select local fashion boutiques! 

S’well bottles are priced between $20-$45 depending on the size and finish you choose.

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I’m so excited to pick up one for myself soon! You should too!

Interactive review to follow!

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All images used in this post were taken directly from the S’well Bottle website or social media. The Trendy Photographer takes no ownership of these photos.


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A few things |from Pinterest| that make me whole

Since the grand introduction of Pinterestfinding inspiration in the form of photos and links is easier than ever. I decided to share a few of my favorite recent pins with you all, my awesome readers. If you haven’t stumbled across my ramblings by accident, you have come here to find something interesting and maybe even my opinion. I encourage you to follow my boards on pinterest.

Disclaimer: I only pin awesome stuff.. it’s true.. you won’t find any of my boards obnoxious or annoying like some of those other pinners. So if you’re in to being awesome, and I think you are, you’ll check it out for yourself!

Visit TheTrendyPhotog on Pinterest

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MANTRY | The Modern Man’s Pantry

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          One of my favorite things about blogging is the exciting fact that there’s so much cool crap out there. I guess that’s true for the world wide web in general, if there’s something to create, someone awesome will create it, and it will find it’s way to us through the web. My absolute favorite site The Dieline, is an advertising/packaging lovers dream. Not only does the site showcase incredible designers & design houses, like a perfectly packaged gift the site opens our eyes to what good design & packaging can do for an idea. All the while turning us on to some of the most amazing companies and products available. The shit you don’t find on the shelves, true artisanship. The worlds most famous packaging blog has brought me many happy discoveries over the years and today I’ll share another.

TheMANTRY is basically a gift to us from some other insanely awesome foodie, man dimension. An entire company dedicated to discovering and sharing true food artisanship. The creators scour the globe to find items that are worthy of “THE MODERN MAN’S PANTRY“. As the company presents itself in a very masculine way, it doesn’t give up any style or dapper points along the way. Though I’m sure any food loving lady would love to find this box on the doorstep! Aside from incredible branding, MANTRY is making it easy for us to have artisan foods without having to stumble upon them in a fine foods store. With a monthly subscription you can feast on some of the tastiest goods available by simply stepping outside your front door to pick up your, handmade in Brooklyn, wooden crate and opening it up so feast on the carefully chosen, not easy to find products inside. With such incredible products like, my favorite Wondermade marshmallows, Vermont Sausage, Blackberry Farm foods, Smith teas, and The Jam Stand Jams the box will send your taste buds into gourmet overdrive.

While the price of the box is a bit steep for my poor college student bank account, the folks at My Subscription Addiction can provide us all with a thorough monthly box review. For the most part it looks like it’s worth it, A box O’ American gourmet goods arriving at the front door, I’d say thats almost priceless. Incase you need some extra incentive here are some visuals to jump start the salivation.

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The Shops at Target:Fall Edition

As you all very well know, I am a huge fan of small business’, boutique’s in particular. I just love how no matter what is being sold, each of these small brick and mortar’s have a unique style to call their own. The shops at Target pay homage to just that. It makes me happy that a retail giant like Target can realize the uniqueness of these special shops and give them a chance at making a big stamp on the world. It is a great thing when a small business that wants to remain small has a window to make lot’s of money. In the end it helps all small shops everywhere because of how they are portrayed. If people go to Target and see a unique boutique pop-up, they will have more excitement over actual brick and mortar shops on main st. After the first round of shops were a huge success, I expected nothing but greatness from the second. A group of carefully selected boutiques that could hold their own in the big store. Here they are…

Each of these shops are probably a great treasure in their own respect, so what I am about to say is all based on my own personal in store experience on opening day. Being a fashion forward guy, I headed straight to the mens section of the store. I normally buy cheap t-shirts from Target and don’t really give any of the other styles the time of day. It’s just not a place that I feel you can get really in to finding a great outfit. The shop for ODIN, New York had been set up on a single shelf, front and back. To get a bit off subject, though I do pay much respect for Target in the initial idea for the shops, you can really tell that the retail giant hadn’t lost its corporate roots. Being that they more than likely sat down and discussed, down to the centimeter, how much floor space they would give for each different shop. Turns out, not very much. ODIN stuffed 4 or 5 different fall dress shirts, sweaters, scarfs, and pants, in to what was maybe a 5 foot wide shelving unit. With the exception of a scarf and a sweater, none of these styles really made me jump, though I could totally see some people making them look great. Just not me. My second stop was near the interior decor, at PATCH NYC. I really have to visit PATCH when I visit NYC (if that dream ever comes true)! A few really great plates and serving platters made me jump for joy. Though I do have to give it to Target, the aisle the PATCH end-cap was on had its own Target designed set of excitement. Lamps, plates and pillows, all top-notch, in a way I do believe that took away from some of the greatness that PATCH had to offer. My last stop was at the shop I had been most excited about, the Curiosity Shoppe. My favorite kind of main street shop is one that carries all kinds of things. Kitchen, bath, decor, fun odds and ends, that is what I love. So when I saw the fun array of stuff that the Curiosity Shoppe had to offer I was excited to say the least. Though the kitchen selection was not really my cup of tea, (no really, I didn’t care for the tea cups) I could totally see someone with the right style buying up the whole set. I did however enjoy the heck out of a smaller end cap located just down the way near the stationary. Toys, notebooks, reading lamps, all sorts of vintage inspired goodies that I could really appreciate. To these shops I say congrats. you guys made A lasting impression on a guy who lives in North Carolina and I will be visiting you soon. To Target I have a bone to pick. If it were me I would have given the shops a proper celebration. A “real” pop-up in the center of the store. I could just see it right when customers walk through those power sliding doors, being welcomed to a mock boutique straight off the streets, plopped right in the middle of select target stores.. it could have been great! Though I guess you don’t make billions by inviting the little guy in and making them appear better, but I just feel these unique shops deserved a better shot. An end-cap is a bit underwhelming. And while were on the subject, an end-cap stuffed to the gills would have been better than the sad amount of product made me wonder if I was too early, maybe they were still setting them up? No. I encourage all of you to stop in the shops and judge for yourselves, and at the very least give these great shops some support in the real world! Here’s a better look at the kinds of greatness the shops have to offer!

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I just have to get to San Fran soon. Too much greatness!

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Inspiration lull & a fall preview

You guys rock! After a few weeks in a true inspiration hole in the ground, I am back in action and feeling very motivated. It’s one of those cause and affect kinds of things… blogs are something that keep me inspired and feeling creative. When I don’t follow my normal routine, I fall in to a deep sad lull. It’s a real problem. I’m back now with a fall preview like no other. I think another thing that keeps me inspired is cold weather. Ok, I am from Florida, so I cannot say no to a steamy beach, but there’s something about the cooler weather, and style of fall that just makes me want to jump for joy! So let’s get in the spirit of preparing our closets for the festive fall weather, (a few months early) just for fun! As you may know by now, Urban Outfitters and J. Crew are among my favorite places on earth. Here’s a look at what J. Crew presented for fall fashion preview…

What can we do with all of this enticing fall inspiration? Spring trends this year taught us to pour color over our entire wardrobe, and fall has something similar in store. For my favorite fall trend, color will be added.. but only in small doses. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to see a guy in bright blue pants, and an equally glowy shirt for fall. It’s about darks, denim, and earthy tones. But this year, add those pops of color in your accessories. A nice colorful jacket over your dark sweater, a bright sock underneath a darker shoe, or a punchy scarf over layers. It’s all very easy, and personally, being a huge fan of the new sock craze, will give me a reason to load up on colorful fall figured socks! Whatever trend you decide to follow this fall, may the next 2 months flash before our eyes, and welcome us all to a brand new holiday season!


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J. Crew Clearance Store = Bliss

A few weeks ago  I heard the greatest news I have heard in a very long time.. Upon moving to North Carolina a few years ago, I was slightly disappointed in my shopping choices. That all changed upon googling J. Crew Asheville, NC. The words that appeared on the screen with a tiny red dot extremely close to my house “J. Crew Factory Clearance store”.. well.. they made my month. As you could imagine the next few steps of planning my attack and researching happened quite quickly. I decided to visit the store and crossed my fingers for good deals. What I got was better than I could possibly have imagined. A clearance store attached to a warehouse full of J. Crew goodness, with all the bells and whistles. I had expected a small bare room with a few crappy racks filled to the brim with old collections. What I got was so much more. A tiny slice of J. Crew heaven. A store roughly modeled after a true J. Crew retail store, with about half the inventory. But very fresh collections. After shopping around for an hour or so, trying on everything I picked up, I ended the trip with only 1 purchase, but a very exciting one! I left with a smile on my face, and plans to attend the August warehouse blowout sale. The associate did give me a fun bit of information before I left though. The store is replenished weekly, but she uttered the most exciting words, “we get a few new PALLETS a week”. Could you imagine? Unpacking pallets of J. Crew clearance merchandise? I think I would do a cannon ball right into the stack! Here’s the low-down!

Prices:

The pricing is very simple,

Shorts $20-$30

Pants $20-$40

Shirts $10-$20

Blazers (yes, amazing blazers) $100-$120

Strategy: Go through the store and grab everything you think you like in your size, then head to the fitting rooms. This is a final sale clearance store, no returns, if it fits perfectly, get it. This is no time for “I’ll return it later if it doesn’t work”. You must swiftly make your decision, it could be gone before you can decide! With prices like this, you have to get something! They have all the accessories, ties, jewelry & bags that you could want to choose from, just go for it!

Ladies: You are much better off than the men in this store. The lady’s side of the store is much larger and you have much more to choose from, and even bigger savings. You would be crazy to visit the area without stopping!

All in all, I think I will become very familiar with this place, who wouldn’t!

My big purchase…

I made out with this $65.00 pair of Club Shorts for just $20… I can’t even take it!