Party like you’re 12 at the National Barbie Convention, which runs through Saturday. Celebrating the doll’s 50th anniversary, the convention features a fashion show and an exclusive viewing of limited-edition collectors’ items as well as a sneak peek at specially designed pink shoes by Christian Louboutin, a diamond-encrusted Barbie, and a Swarovski-studded Volkswagen. It’s open to the public on Saturday, so don your hottest pink outfit and head to the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. For ticket information and a full schedule, visit barbieconvention.com.
Wednesday, July 8
Urban Chic is so tickled that Washingtonian readers picked it as a “best” for trendy clothes in this month’s issue of the magazine that it’s throwing a party. There’ll be Champagne, treats, and 10 percent off all new looks plus an exclusive promo code for $10 off your ticket to The Washingtonian’s Best of Washington party on July 15. The Urban Chic party is 5 to 8 PM.
Ilori (5330 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 301-656-1703), a designer-sunglasses shop that chose the new Shops at Wisconsin Place for its first Washington outpost, is hosting a grand-opening reception with Champagne and personal-shopping assistance at 7 PM. The store stocks designer collections from Chanel, Pucci, and Prada that are rarely found in department stores plus more modestly priced shades by names such as Ray-Ban. Bring in any pair of gently used eyeglasses or shades to receive $50 off your purchase. Donations will be given to OneSight. The donation discount runs through July 19.
After more than a year of renovations, the former Hotel Washington is reopening today as the W Washington, D.C. (515 15th St., NW; 202-661-2400), which includes the hotel chain’s Bliss Spa. Book treatments such as a signature “blissage” massage or oxygen facial and enjoy the spa’s signature treats: a brownie bar in the lounge.
Nest, a Washington-based charity, helps provide women artisans in developing countries with micro-loans and sells their goods through its Web site, buildanest.com. Meet Rebecca Kousky, Nest’s founder, and enjoy a trunk show from Kristin Wilcox of FeatherBrains, a local headband company, at Après Peau (1430 K St., NW; 202-783-0022 ) from 6 to 8 PM. E-mail email@example.com to RSVP.
Thursday, July 9
Urban Chic’s Baltimore location (811 Aliceanna St.; 410-685-1601) is hosting a cocktail party and trunk show celebrating two of summer’s most wearable brands, Ella Moss and Splendid, from 11 to 8. Guests will receive 10 percent off and a free gift with any purchase plus Champagne and sweet treats while shopping. There’s an after-party at the new Latin restaurant Talara (615 President St.; 410-528-9883), where trunk-show guests will receive a wristband for drink specials until 10. E-mail Lauren@urbanchiconline.com to RSVP.
Friday, July 10
Have the sun and sand wreaked havoc on your hair? Bella Salon (4733 Elm St., Bethesda; 301-718-9111) is offering free Phyto conditioning treatments from noon to 6. An on-site Phyto rep will use a special hair magnifier to assess damage and create a personalized treatment to ensure that your hair returns to its thick, shiny state in no time. Add on a blow-dry for $30. Call for reservations.
Saturday, July 11
Vintage shoppers, rejoice! Treasury (1843 14th St., NW; 202-506-6908), Washington’s latest entry in the boutique-clothing scene, debuts today with a party and deejay starting at noon. The shop features a carefully curated selection of vintage duds from the team that brought you the blog Listopad. The space has eco-friendly bamboo flooring and antique furnishings. Special opening sale prices will be available.
Sunday, July 12
Today is the last day to view the fancy dress costumes and ball gowns of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post at her former estate, Hillwood (4155 Linnean Ave., NW; 202-686-5807). The exhibit includes archival images. A $12 donation is suggested.