Birchbox in Chicago

If you follow me on Instagram @zahra_sandberg, you may have seen some of these pictures – but I have some more instagram pics that I saved just for the blog! 

I attended the party on the gorgeous terrace of the Public Hotel in Chicago hosted by Birchbox. We got to meet Birchbox co-founder, Katia Beauchamp – totally cool girl by the way – and get manicures by Ashley Crowe, better known as Astrowifey! See my mani below.

Red Velvet and Peanut Butter cupcakes

Hanging with fabulous bloggers is always fun! Amelia of  The Chicago Life Blog (middle) and Jiye from  Dress Up Files

 Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp (2nd to right) and Beth of Chic and Glamorous (far right)

Astrowifey in action

Finished product – me and Chic and Glamorous

So excited to finally meet the blogger behind one of my favorite blogs, Amanda of Unicorn Stylings
Jess and Jill, and Glitterary

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where you get a bunch of new product samples hand picked by beauty editors. They do everything from beauty to lifestyle products. It gives you the chance to try out new things regularly, with the hopes that you will discover your next favorite product. I think the subscription is like $10/month or some other nominal amount. 

The verdict – sounds like fun! I’m usually wary of subscription services because in the past I’ve gotten suckered into a 2-year gym membership, a 2-year cell phone contract, and a 1 year spa massage membership that I totally didn’t use to it’s full extent. Then I just end up feeling bad that I wasted money. But for $10/month, I think trying so many fun products monthly makes it a good deal. And that’s not the cupcakes talking, promise 🙂

On another note – Public Hotel is awesome and I need to go to the Pump Room to hang out again very soon!

Have a great weekend! 



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Thanks for all the love on my last post ❤️ I’m nursing a vulnerability hangover because I am actually a pretty private person (believe it or not) but every time I do get in my feelings and share it I end up connecting with so many of you and that makes it worth it. I know I am inspiring women to be unapologetic and to live their truth by doing so myself. That’s not a flex, enough of you dm me on the daily for me to say it with confidence. So with that- Lets go 2022! Hope this year keeps you feeling rested, hydrated, and living your best life! Also sorry and yes I’m definitely bothered by that rug flipped over in the back
Life is weird. For 2022 I’m thinking about how much I’ve personally grown. From this 21 year old girl getting married to someone I barely knew way too fast (my first marriage- also divorced within a year). That experience made me learn so much about standing up for what I wanted. Then for many years I thought I knew who I was, and soon I realized that wasn’t it either. I evolved. I struggled with my faith, particularly in 2020 when I felt attacked for my non mainstream views about Islam - interfaith marriage, LGBTQ, etc. Because of that, I lost a lot of supporters and tbh- sadly lost some friends. But I also figured out, with the sage advice from papa Shah, that there are as many opinions in the world as there are people - so me trying to change peoples opinions was pretty futile. Rather than bearing hostility to those who don’t think like me, I realized I should have empathy, and give people room to grow and learn. So I can say with sincerity that I’m finally good - with life and God and everything - and I’m proud of baby girl in this pic ❤️ Cheers to more growth and happiness next year!
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