Katia Beauchamp is, along with business partner and friend Hayley Barna, founder of the beauty subscription service Birchbox. The brand's concept was hatched by the two during their time at Harvard Business School, and is intended to bring beauty samples to the masses – the masses that are afraid of committing to one product over another, that is. It gives consumers the chance to try products, and depending on the ones they can't imagine life without, take the plunge and purchase the full size. Beauchamp, who is married to a man she met on the playground when she was 10 years old, is a Scorpio from Texas, and considers herself an well-assimilated New Yorker – with thanks to takeout, she'll have you know. Anything Asian (especially dumplings) is her go-to.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Luck, Love, And The Life That Keeps Getting Better”
What can’t you travel without and why?
Yes to Cucumber Face Wipes – it removes your makeup and moisturizes, perfect for a quick and sink-free face washing before the flight and when you land.
What’s your favorite travel destination and why?
Greece; I am Greek and grew up going every summer. I adore the people, the food, and the way of life… not to mention it’s gorgeous!
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
Beautiful New York days are made for strolling, and you can easily cover a lot of ground. My co-founder Hayley and I like to go on walks or runs together, and I love to eat somewhere outside with my husband, Greg.
What or who has inspired you recently, and why?
My husband – he is fearlessly happy and he makes it happen himself by his approach to life, work, and the every day. He brings his happiness home and fills the room.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
I love a Moscow Mule, and a very chill bar called Lillie’s, just west of Union Square, has my favorite in the city.
What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots?
I love a spicy brunch, and it’s non-traditional, but Tacombi has all of my attention lately.
Where do you get your art fix?
I love that you can wander in and out of galleries in New York. I love the accessibility. Sometimes street art blows me away.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
A Chinatown must is Nice Green Bo. It isn’t impossible to get into, and their soup dumplings could change your life.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores, and why?
I love this little boutique called Think Closet in Nolita. It’s features small, unknown designers that make unique pieces not everyone will have. The price is close to Zara.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular emotions or memories that immediately come to mind?
One of my main memories is coming here with Hayley for our first pitches to beauty brands for Birchbox; then a few months later deciding we would base the company here. Those first several months I was more in a relationship with New York than ever. I relied on the endless Starbucks with free Wifi; hotel lobbies to have meetings when you don’t have a presentable office; take out at all hours of the night… and mostly the energy and bustle that New York feeds you.