Last week the lovely ladies of Birchbox made their way to Chicago for a couple of beauty events, including a blogger breakfast at the magnificent NoMI Kitchen here in Chicago. I had the pleasure of attending said breakfast and let me tell you, sipping on bellinis and chatting it up with fellow Chicago bloggers was a nice change of pace from my usual Wednesday morning routine, otherwise known as “coffee in a cubicle.”
For those of you who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription. Each month an adorable pink box is mailed to your doorstep with 5-7 deluxe sized beauty samples for a mere $10. Having personally been subscribed to Birchbox for well over a year, I can attest to receiving brands such as NARS, Stila, Zoya, and Laura Geller (including a full sized blush worth $30!), just to name a few. Birchbox is the perfect way to discover new beauty products to fall in love with. Plus, who wouldn’t love a little present delivered to their door every month?
Once I walked through the entrance of the Park Hyatt on Michigan ave, took the elevator to the 7th floor, and entered NoMI Kitchen, it was no surprise to me why this place has such rave reviews. I was greeted by an enthusiastic hostess and lead to the back of the restaurant where a long elegant table was set for 20 or so. Each place setting had a signature Birchbox tied with a black ribbon. In addition to the boxes, the table was lined with beautiful “Birchbox pink” flowers that added to the overall beauty of the dining room.
Just outside the dining room was an open space where the bloggers were mingling before breakfast. After taking in the stunning view of the historic Chicago Water Tower and browsing some of the latest Birchbox products, we sat down and continued to talk amongst ourselves as we chose from a menu of delicious breakfast options and passed around pastries. I soon came to realize that Birchbox team members were also seated around the table. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Alta Sparling, Brand Relationship Manager for Birchbox. We had a lovely conversation throughout our meal about my experience with Birchbox. I appreciated Alta asking me several questions regarding my feelings on Birchbox as a company and my ideas on how Birchbox could improve moving forward.
There was not one silent moment that morning. Even as breakfast was served (my egg white frittata with asparagus and mushrooms was phenomenal by the way), the chatter continued. Also in attendance was one of two Co-Founders of Birchbox, Katia Beauchamp. Let me start off by saying that she is fabulous! I loved everything about her. From her outfit (perfection!), to her humility, kindness and overall demeanor. Katia is so down to earth and much more humble than what you would expect from a young, beautiful, extremely successful, dare I say it, New Yorker (Haha. Typical Chicagoan comment).
She took a moment to make a toast thanking us for attending and helping her better her business. Her genuine interest in our thoughts and opinions was so refreshing. I walked away feeling as though my ideas mattered and that is a wonderful feeling considering I have the utmost respect for Katia and her 18 month old company that continues to flourish.
Now for the exciting part! The Birchbox ladies were kind enough to provide us with a special edition Birchbox to giveaway to one of our readers but that’s not all. In addition to this Birchbox, one lucky ChiTown Fashionista reader will win a 3 month subscription to Birchbox!
In order to enter:
Leave a comment below, telling me what type of beauty items you would like to receive in a Birchbox.
To receive two additional entries:
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For a video recap of this event and more Birchbox info, head over to ChiTownFashionTV. Good Luck!
*This giveaway ends Wednesday, June 20th at 11:59 PM (CST). Winner will be selected at random.
Congratulations to BlackAsphodel for winning the Birchbox full of goodies and the 3-month subscription!!
Thanks to everyone that entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways!