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Between work, ministry and navigating many, many doctor appointments for my husband’s cancer treatment, I don’t get out much for fun. Last week, however, I attend two fun events in one week. Woo hoo!

I was excited when I received the invitation from Single Edition Media to attend InStyle Magazine’s Summer Social, which occurred on Tuesday, August 18 at 404 NYC.  The invitation promised that the hottest fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands would be in the house.  Yes, InStyle Magazine lived up to that promise.  There was plenty to see, touch, smell and taste.  I was introduced to several new brands that I like.  If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you saw some of my pics from that evening.

Gardein products are meatless food options made of veggies and protein.  During the Summer Social, servers offered many different varieties of meatless hors d’oeuvres.  Very tasty.  Especially the Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n.  Mmmmm.  It did taste like chicken.  I’m planning to check for Gardein during my next grocery shopping trip.

Looking at the Fall 2015 Collection from Peony was a highlight to my evening.  The black leggings with the pearl design are on my list!  Very cute.  According to the website:

Peony is a contemporary collection, designed and curated by Creative Director Stephanie Feldenkreis.

Stephanie Feldenkreis, Creative Director of Peony, and Crystal Cochren

Stephanie Feldenkreis, Creative Director of Peony, and Me

The collection epitomizes femininity with a touch of edginess catering to an active lifestyle. Inspired by athletic and luxurious elements, Peony features original prints, premium-quality fabrics and innovative silhouettes, taking a fresh look at design and trend.

Peony Fall 2015 Collection

Peony Fall 2015 Collection

“Today’s woman wants to simplify her lifestyle, Stephanie says. “She can mix and match Peony’s versatile leggings from work to workout.”

Peony embraces sporty chic featuring an interchangeable soft romantic palette with designs ranging from exclusive florals to animal prints paired with luxe tees, feminine flouncy asymmetrical tops and sports bras and shorts allowing you to express individuality in all areas of your life. Activewear turns fashionable while fashion becomes more functional, we’ll leave how you style it up to you!

Of course, no event is complete without a generous swag bag.  InStyle Magazine did not disappoint.  There were too many items to list.  I was giddy as I looked through the swag bag when I arrived home Tuesday night.  With my upcoming surgery, I definitely needed that night of fun in NYC.  How are your stress relieving techniques working for you? Have you been faithful in practicing self-care by getting away from the stresses in life to have some FUN? Please share. Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post, on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me or use the form on the Contact page. Be blessed. Stay encouraged.

Min. Crystal L. Cochren