Rita Recap: Birchbox Blogger Breakfast + Giveaway! - Chitown Fashionista

13 June 2012 / By Rita Milton

Rita Recap: Birchbox Blogger Breakfast + Giveaway!


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:

Subscribe to ChiTown Fashionista’s YouTube channel: ChiTownFashionTV

Subscribe to ChiTown Fashionista via email (in the sidebar)

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.



UPDATE 6/21/12:

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!

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About The Author

Rita Milton

Margarita Milton, known as simply ‘Rita’ by many, has always had a love for beautiful things. It was inevitable that Rita would one day discover the world of beauty products; from skin care, to nail polish and of course, makeup. Once Rita realized her adoration, it quickly took on a force that would continue to flourish as time went on. Rita chose YouTube as a platform to share her interests as well as develop her knowledge and skill level. Over time, Rita has become a contributing member of the online beauty community in all forms in hopes to share her knowledge and passion of all things beauty.

Your Comments

27 Comments so far

  1. Teresa says:

    I love any makeup products but especially nail polish and nail care products.

  2. Calli says:

    I’ve always wanted to try out Nars blush without the large price tag!

  3. Erica P. says:

    I’d love to see Deborah Lippmann and ButterLondon nail polishes as well as any high end primers. Thanks for the giveaway! I’m subscribed through Youtube: thesadsymphony
    and through email as well: boundtobeauty@gmail.com

  4. Ali says:

    I’d want to receive makeup samples. lipstick, eyeliner, nail polish that sort of thing.

  5. Lauren says:

    I would like to find my hg haircare, face masks, SPF moisturizer

  6. I would love a lil of this, a lil of that. Meaning, I would love nail polishes and facial products.

  7. Flora Alvarez says:

    I would love to see a good concealer … Lipstick , nail polish .. How about a good face bronzer … 🙂 thanks ladies

  8. ashley says:

    Nail polish!!!

  9. BlackAsphodel says:

    I’d like to receive shower gel and/or mascara.

    My e-mail: blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. BlackAsphodel says:

    I subscribed to you on YT as BlackAsphodel

  11. BlackAsphodel says:

    I subscribed to your blog via e-mail as blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

  12. Jordan D says:

    I love eye make up: eyeshadow quads, mascara…but I’d love to try out products like bronzers, concealers, facial cleansers, etc. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I would love eye shadows, lip glosses or stains, and skincare products.

  14. Genni P says:

    Mascara and lip stains! What a great giveaway! Hope I win!

  15. Nanci says:

    I would love to receive a good bronzer to enhance my summer glow!!

  16. Julie P. says:

    I would love to receive mascara or beauty tools (ex. beauty blender)!

  17. Julie P. says:

    I subscribed to your blog via e-mail.

  18. Julie P. says:

    I subscribed to you on YT as jpark107.

  19. Aubrey says:

    I would love to receive skin care products!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  20. I think the beauty (pun intended) of this deal is that you discover new products through it – one’s you otherwise wouldn’t have tried! I am not one to go out of my way looking for them either so to have someone pick out the best products out there would be amazing!

  21. Amanda says:

    I would like any makeup, but any blushes and bronzers for summer would be great!!

  22. Tiff says:

    I looove surprises. I would like blushes and polish.

  23. Anika says:

    I would love to see anything from the YSL line in the birch box especially the Touche Eclat *swoon*

  24. jam says:

    I would love to get makeup samples (especially new to market), new hair care stuff and beautiful lipsticks. Kind of crazy that the box itself also sounds adorable.

  25. Jaime says:

    Id love to try some MAC eyeshadows with a set of new lashes. 🙂

  26. Azia says:

    I’d love anything really. I have a lot of makeup but I am always curious about other products. There is always something new to try – by established brands or ones just starting up.

  27. Brittany says:

    I’d love to see Essie Nail polish, and mascara.

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