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How My Mom Got Me Hooked on Elizabeth Arden Everything

I discovered my love for manicures in high school. I’m dating myself a little by revealing this, but in my teenage years the French mani was the biggest nail trend—and it was definitely my favorite look. I had asked my mom for advice on the best place to go in Chicago (where I’m from) and as far as she was concerned, there was only one option: Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door Salon and Spa.

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Getting a manicure with my mom at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa in Chicago two summers ago. 

So I made an appointment and I must say, I was hooked instantly. Not only are the nail techs (shout out to Margarita!) and service so great there, but the luxury of Elizabeth Arden’s standard warm cream manicure is beyond. Seriously, it puts your regular old salon-around-the-corner to shame. As my mom puts it, “once you go Red, you never go back.” And she’s right. To this day, a decade and a half later, it’s still still my go-to place when I’m home. 

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Birchbox Takes Chicago By Storm!

Last week, a handful of Birchbox staffers headed to Chicago for our very first set of events in the Windy City. Even though we were only there for three days, our schedule was jam packed! (In fact, we’re still recovering.) We kicked things off with a subscriber event at Benefit’s Armitage location where attendees were treated to complimentary brow shaping, makeup applications, $35 towards a purchase, and sweet eats, of course. 

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Benefit and Birchbox Host a Beauty Bootcamp in Chicago!

Hello all you Windy City ladies! We’re excited to kick off our first event in Chicago next week. On June 4th and 5th, we’ll be at Benefit’s chic Armitage location and you won’t want to miss the fun. Benefit’s team of experts will be on hand for complimentary brow shaping and makeup application, and you’ll receive a $30 credit toward any purchase during the event. Of course, there will also be a Birchbox goody bag.

Want to get your beauty routine into tip-top shape? Purchase your ticket here and sign up for one of the four available time slots!

Hey Chicago! Come Get Braided with Birchbox and Kérastase!

Windy City, here we come! Next Wednesday, June 6th, we’re teaming up with Kérastase to throw a braid party at Maxine’s Salon, right off of Miracle Mile. Kérastase’s genius stylists will be there to give you the braid style of your dreams—think intricate fishtails, romantic crown plaits, and more. Naturally, there will be plenty of bubbly and sweet treats, and you’ll leave with a Kérastase-filled Birchbox worth $35! 

Space is limited so book your time slot now!

Guest Blogger: Raise Your Chicago Style IQ

Hailing from the Windy City is this week’s guest blogger, Rachel Kwall. Retail Therapy, her current blog on ChicagoNow, provides readers with fashion, gossip and beauty news on a daily basis. Given that she’s a contributor at Refinery29 and ChicagoNow, we trust her to give us some fabulous advice. Stay tuned this week — she’ll be sharing secrets from Chicago spas that rock, tips for finding great bargain beauty products, and more.


You may not realize it, but Chicago has a lot to offer in the way of style and shopping. From the hip-and-trendy Wicker Park area to the preppy-and-chic Gold Coast stores, there are Chicago-based shops for everyone. Here are a few style spots to visit next time you’re in town!

Sarca: Located in the heart of downtown, Sarca is the exclusive U.S carrier for the Italian knitwear line Stefanel.

Akira: With 14 locations all over the city, this boutique is known for its edgy clothing and great prices.

Sofia Vintage: This store, located on well-known Oak Street in the heart of the Gold Coast, is regarded as having the BEST vintage finds in the city.

Compliment your new threads with pretty makeup from our Birchbox Shop

Guest Blogger: The Room With More Than A View

Hailing from the Windy City is this week’s guest blogger, Rachel Kwall. Retail Therapy, her current blog on ChicagoNow, provides readers with fashion, gossip and beauty news on a daily basis. Given that she’s a contributor at Refinery29 and ChicagoNow, we trust her to give us some fabulous advice. Stay tuned this week — she’ll be sharing secrets from Chicago spas that rock, tips for finding great bargain beauty products, and more.

New York and Los Angeles might have more to offer than Chicago in many aspects but what’s the one thing we have that they don’t? The Ruby Room. A ‘spiritual spa’ located in the heart of Wicker Park, it is known for making you beautiful and cleansing the soul. Since opening in 2002, this spa has become well known for such things as their Crystal Bar where you can meet with a technician to pick crystals that resonate with your own unique energy field ($60 for 30 minutes). There’s also the Essence Bar where you can choose from a large collection of essences that self adjust to help repair and restore your energy and then you also learn about how to incorporate them into your daily routine ($60 for 30 minutes). For individuals looking for a more mainstream experience, they also offer the usual: facials, massages, waxing, etc. Regardless of what service you settle on, this place is definitely worth the money for an engaging experience you will not find anywhere else.

Don’t have time for a day at the spa? Create your own at home with products from our Birchbox Shop