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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
A glimpse of what you may be able to take home from The Glossarie’s anniversary party on Saturday. Photograph via Instagram.

Poor Little It Girl x Lucky at Frye

Backed by the girly glossy, Poor Little It Girl’s Cathy Anderson hosts a celebration this week at Frye’s new-ish Georgetown flagship. Shop the just-launched spring and summer collections at the purveyor of iconic leather goods, while enjoying music, refreshments, and special in-store offers. Wednesday 7 to 9. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

MAC’s “Alluring Aquatic” Makeup Event

Specializing in edgy, studio makeup, artists from MAC will be on site at Nordstrom in Pentagon City this week to show you how to master some tricky, summer beauty trends, like incorporating seasonally appropriate colors into your look. For a one-on-one session with a pro, drop by the MAC counter at Nordy’s to book an appointment. Thursday through Saturday, 10 to 6. 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington. 

Splash Into Summer at the Pink Palm

Here’s some motivation to plan a sunny getaway: At the Pink Palm’s Old Town store this week, score a slew of beach-appropriate goodies with all purchases. Receive a Lilly printed lip balm with any purchase, portable speakers when you spend $250, two printed towels when you spend $500, and a gratis cooler if you rack up $1,000 of merch. All day Thursday through Monday. 1123 King St., Alexandria.

The Glossarie’s Five-Year Anniversary

Join local blogger Lara Ramos of The Glossarie at Bluemercury this weekend for a beauty-filled party in celebration of her popular blog’s fifth anniversary. The free event will feature makeovers, mini facials, and more beauty treatments, which you can enjoy while noshing on cupcakes and cocktails. Don’t miss Ramos’ hand-picked sample bar, too—at which you could take home some deluxe products to try for yourself. RSVP to Saturday 5 to 8. 11945 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax. 

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Local jewelry boutique Alex & Ani will donate a portion of its sales Tuesday to nonprofit They Serve 2. Photograph via Alex & Ani.

Alex & Ani’s Charmed by Charity Event

Ward off shoppers’ guilt this week by picking up some goodies at this Georgetown jewelry boutique: For an entire evening, 15 percent of the store’s proceeds will be donated to They Serve 2, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of military families. E-mail to RSVP. Tuesday 6 to 9. 3068 M St., NW.

Rebecca Minkoff x DL1961 Trunk Show

Need a way to wait out traffic during your commute home this week? In search of a new handbag or perfectly fitting denim? Drop by Emily Grace boutique in Potomac this week to see the latest designs of Rebecca Minkoff and DL1961, discounted by 10 percent for the duration of the two-day event. Additional deals will be available upon walk-in. Wednesday and Thursday 10 to 6. 12525 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac.

American Icons Launch Party at Macy’s

Macy’s Metro Center hosts a three-tiered event this week to celebrate some of America’s most iconic styles. On the main floor, guests can enjoy a footwear presentation (and snag a free gift with a $50 shoe purchase), while men’s styles will be in the spotlight upstairs. RSVP online. Thursday 5:30 to 7:30. 1201 G St., NW. 

Monika Chiang Pop-Up Shop

Cohosted by Be Loud Be You’s Krystin Hargrove, this Chinatown pop-up shop showcases the designs of New York-based label Monika Chiang. Enjoy complimentary wine and small treats while shopping the designer’s collection at up to 90 percent off. RSVP onlineThursday and Friday 6:30 to 9:30, and Saturday noon to 3. 702 H St., NW.

Beauty Trend Day at Nordstrom

This weekend marks the return of Nordstrom’s beauty trend day, at which guests have the chance to mingle with makeup and skin-care experts, receive beauty consultations, and get a first look at the season’s latest trends in a high-energy runway show. Purchase a $20 ticket, redeemable toward a cosmetics purchase during the event, at any Nordy’s beauty counter. Bonus: Guests will leave with a gratis tote bag. Saturday 8 to 7. 8075 Tysons Corner Ctr., McLean. 

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop the latest jewelry collections of Anna Beck (top row) and Sophie Blake during their pop-ups in DC this week.

Three-Day Spree at Neiman Marcus

As part of its ongoing First Call sale, which offers up to 40 percent off upscale merch through May 13, Neiman Marcus has set aside three days of extra savings at its Tysons Galleria outpost. Head to the store through Thursday to enjoy nearly half off rarely discounted designer items. 10 to 9 Tuesday through Thursday. 2255 International Dr., McLean. 

Urban Chic's 10-Year Anniversary Party

The owners of the girly Georgetown staple want to thank you for ten years of support. In celebration of the big birthday, cocktails will be served at a party in-store, along with a Nival Salon lip bar, sweets, a slew of trunk shows, and gift bags with purchases of $100 or more.  Thursday 6 to 9. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

Sophie Blake Trunk Show at the W

Local jewelry designer and recent FGI Rising Stars award winner Sophie Blake—whose pieces have been featured in Vogue, Elle, and InStyle—this week showcases her new summer collection at the W Hotel’s Living Room space. The new line, dubbed Oasis, is laden with vintage stones, chains, and glass from as early as the 1930s. The trunk show kicks off with an opening celebration Wednesday evening, followed by an extended, shoppable showing all day Thursday. RSVP to Opening party Wednesday 5 to 10, shoppable showing Thursday 10 to 7. 515 15th St., NW. 

Boutique Block Party in Old Town

As part of its Boutiques Up Late event, the Old Town Boutique District is celebrating one of its streets per week beginning Thursday with in-store events and promotions. This week’s block of choice is Upper King Street between Harvard and Henry streets, which means such shops as Red Barn Mercantile, Fibre Space, and Potomac Bead Company will host cocktail parties, sales, and giveaways all day. Thursdays through early June. Old Town.

Girls’ Night Out at South Moon Under

Designer Becky Hosmer of Anna Beck Jewelry will make an appearance at South Moon Under’s Clarendon location this week, showcasing her Bali-inspired line beloved by such celebs as Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba. Cohosted by local blogger Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle, the event offers gift bags for the first 50 guests, 20 percent off all purchases, mini Butter London manicures, and more. Friday 6 to 8. 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
It's a great week for eveningwear enthusiasts. Above: Veronica dress by RAYAN; Flavia clutches by Edie Parker.

Beauty Night Out

The Style & Image Network brings its annual beauty extravaganza back to Long View Gallery this week. The event, hosted by celebrity stylist James Cornwell, brings together nearly 15 area salons and boutiques for an evening of pampering—think makeup and skin-care consultations, manicures, and spa treatments over cocktails—and guests can take home a gift bag packed with goodies from Kiehl’s, Shobha, and more. Tickets ($19 to $35) are available via Gilt CityTuesday 5 to 9:30. 1234 Ninth St., NW.

Boutiques Up Late in Old Town

Ever felt disappointed to find your favorite boutiques closed after a retail-therapy-necessitating workday? The Old Town Boutique District wants to help. This week, it launches Boutiques Up Late, in which participating shops such as Bellacara, Bishop, and more will keep their doors open until 8 every Thursday through July 31. See the district’s website for a full list of shopsThursdays through July 31. Old Town.

Maison de Mode Pop-Up at the Capella

Stocked with ethically made apparel and accessories hand-picked by tastemaker Amanda Hearst, the Maison de Mode traveling boutique makes a four-day stop in Washington this week. Stop by the presidential suite of Georgetown’s Capella hotel between 10 and 6 starting Thursday to peruse the collection, which features jewelry by Natalie Frigo, statement clutches by Edie Parker, and more. 10 to 6 Thursday through Monday. 1050 31st St., NW.

Studio Scene At Last Call with District Sparkle

Local fashion blogger Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle hosts a soiree this week at Neiman Marcus Last Call's newest Mosaic District location. Preview some of the store’s best looks for summer while enjoying sips, sweets, giveaways, and $15 off any purchase of $50 or more. Thursday 6 to 8. 2905 District Ave., Fairfax.

Rayan Pop-Up Shop on 14th Street

Gala-goers, take note: Launched by stylish Los Angeles-based sisters Nora and Nadia Rayan, the duo’s namesake label Rayan specializes in on-trend, long-sleeve eveningwear. Peruse the brand’s latest collection, City Lights—laden with elegant shimmer and flattering peplums—at a three-day trunk show in DC this week, which kicks off with a launch party Thursday. All orders placed at the pop-up will be discounted 20 percent. Friday 6 to 11 (launch party), Saturday noon to 7, Sunday 10 to 4. 1937 14th St., NW, Suite 201.

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Here’s your chance to meet the stylish TV star. By Diana Elbasha

Photograph courtesy of BrandlinkDC.

Bethesda Row’s annual fashion event, The Front Row, never fails to impress with its star-studded lineup of guests. Last year, actress Jessica Alba sat front and center at its signature runway show alongside the Drybar’s Alli Webb, Georgetown Cupcakes’ Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, and Bluemercury’s Marla Malcom Beck. Years past have seen Kelly CutroneAndy Cohen, and Christian Siriano. And this year’s event, scheduled for June 12 through 14, will feature actress and red-carpet stunner Maria Menounos.

Making headlines recently for her just-released book, The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet & Fitness, the Extra host and reality television star will greet guests and sign books in front of Redwood Restaurant and Bar at 5 on June 13, just before the runway show takes over Bethesda Lane to display the fashions of the town’s trendiest boutiques. More than 35 other style-packed events, such as an exclusive premiere of the fashion documentary Versailles 73 (with director Deborah Riley Draper in attendance), are scheduled during the three-day event. Details are gradually being released online, so be sure to check back.

VIP tickets, which earn you a seat at the runway show (standing room is first come, first served) and access to a private party at Redwood, are extremely limited and go on sale the week of May 26 via Gilt City.

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They’re hosting a happy hour in May—and they want you to attend. By Jordan Muto
See the menswear-inspired works by artist Samara Shuter at the Art of Style next month. Photograph via Instagram.

If you’re somehow not yet convinced of Washington’s rep as a menswear capital, get ready to be impressed. The creators of five new, local menswear startups, specializing in a slew of accessories from hand-stitched ties to patterned socks, are gathering for a happy hour celebration in May—and you’re invited. The Art of Style is a free, public event that offers guests the opportunity to mingle with some of the city’s newest innovators in menswear: The creators of Bull + Moose (neckwear), Nice Laundry (socks), Read Wall (shirts and suiting), Stubble & ‘Stache (skin care and beard grooming), and Off the Cuff (style consulting) will be in attendance.

While enjoying cocktails and perusing the latest collections of the four retail labels, you’ll also have the chance to see the vibrant works of international artist Samara Shuter, known for her menswear-inspired paintings (as well as Off the Cuff’s logo); rumor has it that a few of her prints may even be up for raffle at the event.

The Art of Style. May 16, 5 to 7 PM at the Huxley (1730 M St., NW). Free; online RSVP required.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Meet Rebecca Taylor, whose designs are shown above, at Neiman Marcus this Friday. Photograph by Anton Oparin /

Gold Cup Shopping Party at Ginger

Join local bloggers Meaghan Moynahan of District Sparkle and Sarah Phillips of 52 Thursdays for a Gold Cup-themed party at Ginger. Enjoy Champagne and cupcakes while shopping the Bethesda boutique’s stock of merchandise from brands such as Calypso, Tracy Reese, and Joie at 20 percent off. RSVP to Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. 7114 Bethesda La., Bethesda.

Pandora’s Grand-Opening Celebration

Jewelrymaker Pandora celebrates its grand opening this week with the help of Lucky accessories editor Melissa Lum and local blogger Lacey Maffettone of A Lacey Perspective. The daylong, in-store event starts with sweet treats from Olivia Macaron and Sweet Cookie Creations; beginning at 6, you can sip Champagne and mingle with the style experts. Bonus: Guests who share their favorite Pandora items on social media will score a free gift. Thursday noon to 8. 3213 M St., NW.

Swanky Spring Soiree With Divine Style DC

End your week with local fashion consultant Divine Style DC for a spring-themed celebration at the Winery at Bull Run on Friday. The event features wine tasting, a deejay, and a runway show of designs from a handful local shops and brands including Zoe Boutique, Caramel, and Kim Elleen. Purchase tickets for the event, which benefits the Meant 2 Live Foundation, online. Friday 7 to 11. 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville.

Rebecca Taylor at Neiman Marcus

Stop by Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria during your lunch break Friday to meet designer Rebecca Taylor, who has dressed Kate Middleton, among other A-listers. The designer will be in the CUSP department on level one, along with her spring collection, for two hours. Friday 1 to 3. 2255 International Dr., McLean. 

DKNY 25th Birthday Celebration at Saks

Join Washingtonian in celebrating the 25th birthday of the iconic American brand at Saks at Tysons Galleria Saturday, when there will be an exclusive spring trend presentation (featuring our own associate fashion editor, Irina Grechko) and special gifts with purchases of $300 or more. RSVP via e-mail to Saturday 2 to 5. 2051 International Dr., McLean. 

Georgetown French Market

Saturday marks the kickoff of Georgetown’s annual French Market, which transforms Book Hill into a Parisian open-air market for a weekend. Neighborhood favorites such as Duo, Tari, and Ella-Rue participate in the event, which also offers French treats, antiques, and beauty services. Saturday and Sunday 10 to 5. Upper Wisconsin Ave. and P St., NW.

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Your guide to the week's most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
This weekend, you can shop Bahar Jewelry (left) at Wink and Rebecca Minkoff handbags at Urban Chic. Photographs via Instagram and Anton Oparin /

Rebecca Minkoff Trunk Show at Urban Chic

The beloved local boutique kicks off the season with a Rebecca Minkoff trunk show, showcasing the girly brand’s signature Mini Mac handbags and other accessories at a 15-percent discount. There’ll also be Champagne, sweet treats, and gifts with purchase. 10 to 7 Thursday through Saturday. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.

Topshop at Nordstrom Launch Party

It’s no question that DC is a fan of the cool British retailer Topshop. Emulating the shop-in-shop concept in Pentagon City, the brand heads to Nordstrom Tysons Corner this weekend, and celebrates launch with an in-store event. Get styled by fashion pros, enter to win a $250 shopping spree, and score a free lip balm with any Topshop purchase. Saturday 10 to 4. 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean.

“Speggtacular” at the Pink Palm

In celebration of the upcoming Easter holiday, this preppy retailer is having an egg hunt of its own: All day Saturday, customers can drop by the store’s Old Town location to pick up an Easter egg containing a special coupon for the day. Saturday 10 to 6. 1127 King St., Alexandria.

Dior Makeup Event at Lord & Taylor

Drop by a makeup counter at Lord & Taylor Tysons to make an appointment for its beauty event this weekend, featuring makeup artists from Dior. Slots are available for consultations with the experts on spring beauty trends. Saturday 10 to 9:30. 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean.

Bahar Jewelry Trunk Show

Curated by native Washingtonian Bahar Snowden Caulfield, this statement jewelry brand unveils new products from new New York- and Turkey-based vendors on the fifth of each month. Get an up-close look at this month’s vibrant collection—otherwise only sold online—when it pops up at Wink this weekend. The best part? All items are $30 or less. Saturday 1 to 5. 3109 M St., NW.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop Lauren Cecchi’s colorful line of handbags at her trunk show at Zoe this weekend. Photograph courtesy of Zoe Boutique.

Cherry Blossom Benefit at Brooks Brothers

Stop by Brooks Brothers’ Georgetown location after work Tuesday for a cherry-blossom-themed celebration. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a 15-percent discount on any purchase; 10 percent of earnings from the evening will be donated to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. RSVP to Tuesday 6 to 8. 3077 M St., NW. 

On the Verge Soiree at Cusp

“E,” the author of the local fashion blog District of Chic, cohosts a stylish party with Refinery29 at Cusp this week. Dubbed On the Verge, the event showcases spring trends with a pink carpet, martinis, a beauty bar, sweet treats, and shopping. RSVP online. Wednesday 7 to 9. 3030 M St., NW. 

Shoshanna Trunk Show at Urban Chic

For the eighth year in a row, Urban Chic hosts the girly apparel brand Shoshanna for a spring trunk show on Thursday. Enjoy 20 percent off all purchases from the label’s spring collection while sipping Champagne and enjoying small bites. Thursday 10 to 8. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW. 

Boutiques Give Back in Old Town

The Old Town Boutique District joins Alexandria’s Spring 2 Action campaign, a 24-hour period of giving that benefits local nonprofits. By mentioning the campaign in person at any of the town’s boutiques (including Bellacara, Coco Blanca, the Shoe Hive, and more), 20 percent of your purchase automatically goes toward the initiative. All day Wednesday. Old Town Boutique District, Alexandria. 

Lauren Cecchi Trunk Show at Zoe

Round out your spring shopping with a new handbag this weekend at Zoe, where designer Lauren Cecchi hosts a trunk show. The New York-based pursemaker is known for her girly, brightly colored handbags and clutches. Saturday 11 to 5. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria. 

Potomac Mills Super Sale

Enjoy steep discounts at such popular factory stores as Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and True Religion at Potomac Mills’ annual spring super sale, which lasts all weekend. Saturday 10 to 9 and Sunday 11 to 6. 2700 Potomac Mills Cir., Woodbridge.

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Your guide to the week’s most stylish events. By Diana Elbasha
Shop a collection of Stutterheim raincoats, accessories, and more during its pop-up at Denim Bar this week. Photographs courtesy of Dana Dramov PR.

STK Preview at Intermix

Notorious “female-friendly” steakhouse STK partners with the luxe Georgetown retailer this week, offering a free preview of the upcoming restaurant’s dishes and drinks while guests shop deals from Intermix’s designer-studded spring collection. Washingtonians Anchyi Wei, Kelly Collis, and others will host the event, and 10 percent of proceeds from the evening’s purchases will be donated to UNICEF. Wednesday 6 to 8. 3300 M St., NW.

Spring Styling With Lafayette 148

Saks Tysons invites you to the store this week to preview chic contemporary label Lafayette 148’s latest collection and to rub shoulders with expert stylist Monica Barnett, who will also be signing copies of her newly released book, Without Saying a Word: The Silent Power of Style. RSVP via e-mail at or by calling 703-269-1206. Wednesday 6 to 8. 2051 International Dr., McLean.

The Shirt Trunk Show + Reception

The women’s networking group Levo League partners with Rochelle Behrens, founder of local brand the The Shirt, this week to bring you an evening of shopping and entreprenuerial advice. Held at the Chevy Chase headquarters of WeddingWire, Behrens’s talk is followed by a trunk show and cocktail reception showcasing the DC-based brand’s newest items. Thursday 7 to 9. 2 Wisconsin Circle, 3rd Floor, Chevy Chase.

Thread Kickoff

Union Market’s edgy retail pop-up Thread returns Friday for its second installment at Dock5, featuring a slew of local and national brands, from Erika Schreiber to Hugh & Crye to Politics & Prose. The best part: Entrance is completely free. Friday 1 to 7, Saturday 11 to 7, and Sunday 11 to 5. 1039 Fifth St., NE.

Stutterheim Pop-Up at Denim Bar

For seven days, Pentagon Row’s purveyor of high-end denim hosts a pop-up of waterproof goods by Stutterheim. Drop by the boutique on its opening night this Friday for a peek at the Scandinavian brand’s collection of raincoats and accessories, as well as complimentary drinks and light bites. Friday 7 to 9. 1101 S. Joyce St., Arlington.

Fashion for Paws Runway Show

The annual charity fashion show that highlights spring’s latest trends (alongside the area’s cutest pups) happens this weekend at the Omni Shoreham hotel, with all proceeds benefiting the Washington Humane Society. Cocktail attire and RSVP via e-mail ( are required. Saturday 8 to midnight (VIP access begins at 7). 2500 Calvert St., NW.

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