Erin StinsonOwner, Le Remède
We all know French women are the epitome of effortless style and beauty, but how does one tap into their inner Parisienne thousands of miles away? Nestled on a West Town corner, Le Remède is a French skincare and waxing boutique that offers express spa services with a unique, laid-back perspective. Owner Erin Stinson is all about creating a no-nonsense environment that minimizes the fluff and over indulgence that is often associated with spa experiences. As a self-proclaimed product junkie and former mentee of a Dior chemist—um, Erin, we want all the secrets!—this girl definitely knows her stuff! From the open beauty bar to the cuckoo clock, Le Remède has a certain je ne sais quois that you have to see for yourself. We catch up with Erin for this week’s G&F Spotlight who spills her heart on everything from best beauty finds to the perfect Valentine.
BEAUTY MUST-HAVES>> scent: JO MALONE NECTARINE BLOSSOM AND HONEY // moisturizer: NUXE HUILE PRODIGIEUSE DRY OIL // concealer: COLORSCIENCE MINERAL CORRECTOR PALETTE // face: COLORSCIENCE MINERAL FOUNDATION in CALIFORNIA GIRL // mascara: BLINC // lips: NUXE REVE DE MIEL NOURISHING LIP BALM // nails: ZOYA PIXIE DUST COLLECTION // beauty find: KLORANE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER
They say French women know the best tips for beauty—So, what’s the secret?
I think the approach is more about natural beauty radiating from within. The skin is usually clean and healthy. And makeup is kept to a minimum.
Best beauty find abroad?
Avibon. Straight up Vitamin A balm. Fights wrinkles, breakouts and you wake up glowing.
Valentine’s is around the corner. Any spa indulgences?
I consider myself a low maintenance girl when it comes to beauty. I’ve had 2 manicures in my entire life! However, I am a product junkie. I love trying new products, discovering new things that work amazingly and sharing them with others. I am all about quality skincare but not so much the fluff that sometimes comes with it. Plus, I have a few more cult beauty favorites in the works, and we look forward to seeing them on our shelves this spring.
What’s your favorite thing about Le Remède?
The beauty bar concept is our biggest standout feature. Clients appreciate the more upbeat atmosphere in the spa. They can still unwind and relax with various spa services, but it can be done sitting next to their best friend or sister or significant other, with a mimosa or glass of wine in hand.
We love the location! Your West Town haunts?
Thank you! I love it too. An ideal summer evening would be dinner on the patio at Briciola—great date spot or with a few girlfriends)—a walk down the block for some gelato at Black Dog, followed by drinks at Bar Deville. Also, it’s become a tradition with my family to stop at West Town Bakery for some cake balls or cupcakes every time they visit.
We have to ask: Dream Valentine?
A Liam from YourLLBeanBoyfriend.Tumblr.com would make a perfect Valentine!
Le Remède, 1900 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, 312.265.0257. Visit LeRemèdeChicago.com for more information.