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5 Travel Videos to Get You Ready for Columbus Day Weekend
There are just two more work days until Columbus Day weekend and we hope you’ve got Monday off like we do! To prep for the long weekend, we’ve been brushing up on all our best travel tips, including ways to efficiently pack a carry-on and how to look refreshed after stepping off a plane. Keep reading for our jet-setting advice and bon voyage! 
Yoga Poses for Travelers with Tara Stiles

I’m completely in favor of skipping exercise for the long weekend, but the truth is that I always feel better after a little yoga (even if it’s only a couple of minutes). These easy poses from our favorite yoga-lebrity, Tara Stiles, can be done anywhere. 
How To: Look Great After a Long Flight

It’s hard to look presentable after traveling, but this makeup routine will have you looking your best no matter whether you’re commuting by plane, train, or automobile. 
10 Travel Essentials from OscarPRGirl

Globe-trotting social media darling OscarPRGirl shares her top 10 travel essentials (as in the 10 things I’ll be adding to my packing list ASAP). 
How to Pack Your Carry-On

Organizational guru Melanie Charlton shares her advice on packing superefficiently. Since I’m not a fan of checking a bag, nothing could be more useful than knowing how to properly pack a carry-on.
Birchbox: Top 4 In-Flight Beauty Tips

Here are our top four tips for surviving a long flight—from the best thing to wear, the products you need to stay hydrated and happy, and much more. 
—Lorelei 
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5 Travel Videos to Get You Ready for Columbus Day Weekend

There are just two more work days until Columbus Day weekend and we hope you’ve got Monday off like we do! To prep for the long weekend, we’ve been brushing up on all our best travel tips, including ways to efficiently pack a carry-on and how to look refreshed after stepping off a plane. Keep reading for our jet-setting advice and bon voyage! 

Yoga Poses for Travelers with Tara Stiles

I’m completely in favor of skipping exercise for the long weekend, but the truth is that I always feel better after a little yoga (even if it’s only a couple of minutes). These easy poses from our favorite yoga-lebrity, Tara Stiles, can be done anywhere. 

How To: Look Great After a Long Flight

It’s hard to look presentable after traveling, but this makeup routine will have you looking your best no matter whether you’re commuting by plane, train, or automobile. 

10 Travel Essentials from OscarPRGirl

Globe-trotting social media darling OscarPRGirl shares her top 10 travel essentials (as in the 10 things I’ll be adding to my packing list ASAP). 

How to Pack Your Carry-On

Organizational guru Melanie Charlton shares her advice on packing superefficiently. Since I’m not a fan of checking a bag, nothing could be more useful than knowing how to properly pack a carry-on.

Birchbox: Top 4 In-Flight Beauty Tips

Here are our top four tips for surviving a long flight—from the best thing to wear, the products you need to stay hydrated and happy, and much more. 

—Lorelei 

For more Birchbox videos, click here. 

Rosario Dawson Shaves Her Head, Juicing as a Religion, and More
The gorgeous Rosario Dawson is sporting a new punk-inspired hairstyle for her upcoming flick Finally Famous. Anyone else loving it? [People]
Award-winning perfumer Calice Becker chats about the process behind developing perfumes with luxury brands like Oscar de la Renta. [Refinery 29]
If chemical teeth whiteners freak you out, try these seven superfoods to help brighten your smile naturally. [Bella Sugar]
Zac Posen reflects on his journey to designer stardom. One piece of advice: “You have to have chutzpah.” [Fashionista]
Is juice fasting a new religion? Check out this theory on why people cleanse. [The Cut]
Kanye West reveals the details on the designer that snubbed him during fashion week and how that inspired one of his new songs. [W Magazine]
—Geraldine
Planning your summer travels? Here are some tips and stories from our jet-setting editor-at-large Christine Ajudua.
(Photo: Raymond Hall/Wireimage)

Rosario Dawson Shaves Her Head, Juicing as a Religion, and More

—Geraldine

Planning your summer travels? Here are some tips and stories from our jet-setting editor-at-large Christine Ajudua.

(Photo: Raymond Hall/Wireimage)

Packing List: Northern Michigan Wedding

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Any Michiganders out there? This week our senior manager of social media, Rachel, is leaving for her wedding in Charlevoix, Michigan! (Note: longtime Birchbox fans have probably been anticipating this day since October when her engagement bling started popping up all over our Instagram feed.)

Before Rachel left Manhattan for her two week stint in the Midwest we made her spill the beans about which products made the cut for her big trip. Here’s what she’s taking with her, and why:

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Packing List: Ecuador!

imageToday, I’m hopping on a plane and heading to Ecuador’s hermoso capital city Quito for a dear friend’s wedding. In addition to comfy walking shoes (I plan to do a lot of solo exploring) and my trusty passport, here are some of the travel must-haves I’ll be stashing in my carry-on: 

1. Oscar de la Renta Something Blue

According to our friends at The Knot, it’s a faux pas to attend a wedding empty handed. With that in mind, I’m packing this timeless scent to hand over to the bride-to-be on the big day. Inspired by the iconic designer’s silk and lace wedding gowns, the refined blend has sparkling notes of mandarin, linden blossom, and bourbon vanilla. 

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OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials
If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei
Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

OscarPRGirl’s 10 Travel Essentials

If there’s anyone who knows how to look chic while traveling, it’s Oscar de la Renta’s SVP of Global Communications, Erika Bearman. Better known as OscarPRGirl, the Twitter and Instagram darling is a serious jet-setter and as such, has her beauty packing list down to a science. Watch the video below to find out what she won’t leave home without—which is the equivalent to what you should be adding into your routine. 

—Lorelei

Find all our favorite products by Oscar de la Renta in the Birchbox Shop.

3 Noteworthy Scents to Try Right Now

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(From left to right: Isaac Mizrahi FabulousJoie Folle de Joie eau de parfumOscar de la Renta live in love)

For me, summer time is all about renewal. Renewing my love of outdoor beer gardens, crisp rhubarb (preferably in pie or cocktail form), and—yep, you guessed it—light floral scents. Here are three fresh-smelling perfumes I’m psyched to wear this season: 

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Top 7 Best Dressed at the 2013 Oscars

This year’s Oscars have been a parade of surprises—and not in the way you’d think. From minimal color to minimal volume to minimal jewelry, the red carpet was ruled by neutrals and bare shoulders. While there were certainly a few over-the-top gowns, the fashions erred more on the side of demure femininity. Here are our top six favorite looks—and we want to hear yours too!

  • Jennifer Lawrence in Dior: We’re not ranking our picks, but if we had to vote for best dressed it would go hands down to the Silver Linings Playbook star. The pale pink, delightfully poofy gown set off her pale complexion perfectly. And can we talk about the delicate jewels draped down her back? Amazing. 
  • Naomi Watts in Armani: This memorable sparkler definitely has the coolest neckline we’ve seen in a while. We’re thrilled that Watts wore her hair up to show off the dress’ geometric lines. 
  • Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture: This fitted white peplum stunner highlights every single one of the actress’ features, especially her supershort haircut. You are a vision, Charlize. 
  • Amanda Seyfried in Alexander McQueen: Halters are hard to pull off but the Les Misérables star looked radiant in her beaded number. 
  • Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive: Redheads take note: Nude is definitely your color. Our jaws dropped when we saw the Zero Dark Thirty star hit the red carpet. Chastain’s retro waves and red lipstick made her look like the epitome of Hollywood glamour. 
  • Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta: Uhhhh. Princess gowns at the Oscars are amazing. Princess gowns made by Oscar de la Renta are even better. This powder blue frock is beyond dreamy.
  • Jennifer Hudson Roberto Cavalli Couture: Sleeves, baby!The singer stunned in form-fitting navy blue, proving that you can be sexy and covered up at the same time.

—Meredith

For more Oscars fun, check out our Pinterest board with all of the evening’s looks

3 Spring Trends and Fragrances to Add to Your Wardrobe (Now!)

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We approach scents much like we do our wardrobe: mixing, matching, and rotating fragrances throughout the season. Is it any wonder that our favorite fashion looks tend to influence both our outfits and our spritzes? While reporting at the Fall/Winter 2013 shows, we spotted three trends that we can’t wait to add to our closets. And since we’re never ones to selectively shop, here are the fragrances that will be joining our fragrance wardrobe.

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Burberry Launches Polish, Hot Spring Lip Gloss Shades, And More
At the Burberry show during London Fashion Week, the brand  announced the launch of a nail polish collection that will debut this fall! [Elle UK]
Now every woman can have the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa experience at home with the brand’s new skin and body care line. [WWD]
Do cucumbers really reduce puffiness? Find out that and more by reading this article on these nine debunked beauty myths.  [Her Campus]
Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2013 collection inspired this insanely cool floral and tie-dye manicure. Watch the DIY tutorial here. [Glamour]
Celeb stylist Estee Stanley walks through what a red carpet weekend with her client Lea Michele is like. [Q]
Butter LONDON’s Katie Hughes gives Beauty High the lowdown on nails, makeup, and more. [Beauty High]
Creator of some of our favorite lip glosses, Armour Beauty founder Theo Kogan, dishes on her the top five lip colors for spring. [Refinery29]
—Charisse
For more about Estee Stanley, read our exclusive interview with the fashion stylist and learn all about her beauty favorites.
(Photo: Burberry Beauty and Elle UK)

Burberry Launches Polish, Hot Spring Lip Gloss Shades, And More

—Charisse

For more about Estee Stanley, read our exclusive interview with the fashion stylist and learn all about her beauty favorites.

(Photo: Burberry Beauty and Elle UK)

The Coolest New App, Barney’s Warehouse Now Online, and More
Point, shoot, and create GIFs! Here’s why we love the new social media app, Vine. [Wired.com]
We’ve never braved the actual Barney’s Warehouse sale—and now we don’t have to! Barney’s launches a Warehouse Sale website.  [Refinery29]
Bon Appétit does Valentine’s Day with food, friends, and photos, featuring our very own, Mollie Chen. [Bon Appétit]
The latest collab between Banana Republic and hit show Mad Men will debut in April. [InStyle]
We love Olivia Palermo and we love Oscar de la Renta, so naturally we were pretty thrilled when we heard that the stylish socialite will be the face of the designer’s new collection for the Outnet. [The Cut]
Allison Williams of Girls has landed her first beauty campaign as the spokesperson for Simple Skincare. [BellaSugar]
-Charisse
We know you’ll be obsessed with Vine too. Join and follow Birchbox now! (Video: Birchbox on Vine)

The Coolest New App, Barney’s Warehouse Now Online, and More

-Charisse

We know you’ll be obsessed with Vine too. Join and follow Birchbox now! (Video: Birchbox on Vine)