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Last month I was asked if I’d be interested in co-hosting a party at the BlogHer conference, which was pretty amazing because the timing and location of the conference coincided perfectly with our previously scheduled trip to visit Mike’s family. I was excited when I realized if we came up a day earlier, I could co-host the party and still do all the fun family things we had planned.

The party was called the “Sundown Soiree” and everyone was encouraged to come in comfortable clothing – literally things like yoga pants and cotton dresses. In fact, as a co-host I would be required to wear yoga clothes. I was excited because, like Cher Horowitz, I find party clothes to be quite binding.

The big goal of the party, other than to welcome everyone to the conference, was to introduce the party’s big sponsor, Eppa Sangria. I’ve posted two or three sangria recipes on this blog, so I definitely know my sangria. I also order it whenever I see it on a restaurant menu, so I consider myself pretty well-educated in the world of sangria. It’s one of my favorite summer drinks, but I rarely make it for myself since it a) takes advance planning and b) I’m the only one in the house who drinks.

I was very curious about the sangria, so the company sent me a bottle of red and a bottle of white. The bottles said the sangria was made with certified organic wine and certified organic superfruit juices. The bottle also said the sangria was loaded with 2-3 times the antioxidants as a glass of regular red or white wine, which…bonus! But really, I just wanted to know how it tasted. I wasn’t disappointed. The white was perfectly sweet (but not too sweet) and went down easily. The red was a bit more tart/bitter, which is a draw for some fans of red sangrias. Both bottles definitely tasted like homemade sangria. I drank each glass over ice, with some fruit mixed in for fun. It’s my new favorite summer drink (you can find Eppa at Whole Foods and other stores via their store locator).

At the party, the people from Eppa Sangria set up an elaborate ice luge to pour their sangria through. I was kind of obsessed with it.

ice luge!

I stood by the luge for half of the party just to watch people’s faces.

sangria luge

I had a lot of fun at the party! I have to say, wearing yoga clothes to a party was a game changer. My clothes were provided by Soybu, who I’ve loved for years. Their pants are so amazing I often put them on, look in the mirror, and say, “Eh, I don’t have to work out.” Killer caboose pants indeed!

telling myself I'm doing yoga
Here I am pretending I know how to do yoga (I’m also holding a glass of sangria over my head, a very ancient yoga technique).

Since I wasn’t going to the conference, I enjoyed catching up with some amazing people, including my other co-hosts.


photo credit Farrah Braniff

I LOVE the Soybu dress Jenny is wearing (far left). I’ve only bought Soybu’s work-out clothes in the past, but I think it’s time to branch out. Soybu wants to give all of my readers 25% off, so I think I might have to pick up that dress! Enter promo code: #NamastEPPA at checkout. Limit of one coupon per household. Valid through Sept. 24, 2014.

I highly suggest drinking sangria while you wear yoga pants. It greatly enhances the flavor.