Where & When: Fashion Edition

Jump-start your holiday shopping at some of these fabulous events. Many of them even include complimentary Champagne and snacks. Enough said.

All week: CVS’s first Beauty 360 store, located near Dupont Circle, is celebrating its grand opening with a week of fun beauty events, from mini-makeovers to consultations and giveaways. Check out the details at Beauty360.com

Tuesday, November 18: The Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting a lecture by David Yurman, an internationally recognized designer of swoon-worthy luxury jewelry, beginning at 7 PM. Yurman will discuss his journey from a respected sculptor (who knew?) to famed jewelry designer as well as his thoughts on the artistic process and branding strategy that led to his company’s global success. Tickets ($25 for the public, $20 for Corcoran members) are available at corcoran.org.

Wednesday, November 19: Sip Champagne and munch on cupcakes during a holiday shopping event hosted by the Network of Entrepreneurial Women, a local organization that supports women-owned businesses. The event will be at SimplySoles in DC’s Columbia Heights from 5 to 8 PM. Featured vendors (all local and women-owned) include the Alchimie Forever beauty line, the sample-sale store Treat, and the Arlington boutique Sisters 3. Gift bags go to the first 50 to arrive. For more info, visit new-women.org or simplysoles.com.

Thursday, November 20: Enjoy Lululemon’s free yoga events last week? Come out again to celebrate at the Georgetown location’s grand opening from 6 to 10 PM. There’ll be live entertainment, a DJ, appetizers, Champagne, and chocolate—could you ask for anything more?

From 8 to 10 PM, Current Boutique is hosting a shopping event with the Little Black Dress Club, a women’s social group. Wear your favorite LBD and get advice and tips on how to spice up your ensemble with the season’s cutest accessories. Enjoy a 10-percent discount on Current’s inventory of new and consignment merchandise; currentboutique.com.

Friday, November 21:
From 7 to 11 PM, come out to Fashion Forward, a charity fashion show to benefit the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund. Runway models, Redskins cheerleaders, and Washington Wizards Girls will show off the fall 2008 collection of the DC-based brand iKY Clothing. The event, held at Shadow Room, will feature a two-hour open bar with hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcake. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Visit hoopdreams.org for tickets and more information.

Saturday, November 22: Looking for some unique and crafty holiday gifts? Lofty Salon & Wellness Center (loftysalon.com) in Vienna is hosting an artisan trunk show, where local vendors will be showcasing their jewelry, ceramics, clothing, handbags, and artwork. In addition, the Lois Hill (loishill.com) holiday jewelry collection will be 15 percent off from this Saturday through December 6.

Come out to Proper Topper from 1 to 5 PM for a trunk show and personal appearance by milliner Christine A. Moore. Her collection of adorable and chic hats would be the perfect gift for the bold fashionista in your life. Enjoy Champagne and treats while you watch Moore in action designing custom pieces; camhats.com.

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