InStyle’s Summer Social: Essie, Brancott Estate & Gardein

Last week I was bubbling over about going to InStyle‘s Summer Social. I promised to update you about the brands that impressed me so here goes …

#essielove 2 #SummerSocialWhen I popped through the door I made a beeline to the Essie booth, where I met Julie Kandalec, nail artist extraordinaire. She removed my polish, shaped my nails and applied Essie’s Bell Bottom Jeans to my nails, all in just a few minutes. Then she used Essie’s new Leggy Legend to create a tiny triangle on each of my ring fingers. Take a look!

#essielove #SummerSocial

Brancott Estate Wine #summersocial

Next I walked over to where Brancott Estate, a New Zealand vintner, was pouring two wines from its cellar: its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough Pinot Grigio. Sauvignon blanc is not typically my jam. That said, Brancott’s was tasty. Not too sweet. Not too acidic. (See what my girlfriend had to say about Brancott’s sauvignon blanc in the comments section of this blog post!) Then I sampled the pinot grigio. My mouth did a happy dance. I tasted peaches! And it smelled like pears. Or maybe lemons. Or both! It was light. And scrumptious. Brancott’s pinot grigio was my drink of choice for the evening!

Glass in hand I turned and saw this young woman:

See that plate? On it? Scrum dilly ishus chick'n appetizer.

See that plate? On it? Scrum dilly ishus chick’n appetizer.

She encouraged me to try the appetizer, which was made using Gardein’s mandarin orange crispy chick’n. This was the first time I ever tried a chicken “substitute” so I was a little wary: Would it taste like anything, let alone chicken? I popped the little bite into my mouth. And chewed. Paused to let my brain catch up. Then chewed some more. You know what? It did taste like chicken! Tender chicken. This gives me hope that I can eat more vegetarian meals while still living with my meat and potatoes husband.  I have to fool his taste buds or this isn’t going to work, folks.

Do you cook using Gardein products? Would you be willing to share one of your chick’n recipes with me? Pretty please?

InStyle’s Summer Social was a blast. I learned about new-to-me products that I really like and I get to share my impressions of them with you. Win. Win.

Disclosure: Blog Meets Brand invited me to attend InStyle’s Summer Social.  No request to share any particular point of view was made. All opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. 

This entry was posted in Adventures of a Middle Age Mom, Blogs and Blogging, Cooking, Cosmetics and Makeup, Food, NJ Blogger, recipes, Wine and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.