3 Must-Do Events To Prep For Fall



fpslidePhotos: Courtesy of Free People, Neiman Marcus.

You’ve overloaded your virtual shopping carts, revamped your Pinterest boards, and marked up your September issues with marginalia that would make your college English professors proud. All of this to prove one thing — fall is coming. Now, it's time to actually get your paws on the pieces you’ve been coveting since mid-summer, and thankfully, some amazing shopping soirees are coming your way to get you geared up for next season.

Lou Lou boutique is teaming up with Free People to give us a great reason to TGIF. This weekend, the Dupont location is hosting The Social Shop by Free People, where shoppers can enjoy refreshments, goodies, and a styling bar. Plus, if you make an FP purchase, there’s another fun perk to pile on: a free DIY floral crown to top off your new laid-back look.
Friday, August 30, from 4:30 p.m. until supplies last. 1623 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-817-3089.

Looking for something more edgy than boho? On Saturday, celebrate the grand re-opening of one of the coolest sartorial spots on 14th street. Redeem may not be moving far, but it's definitely moving up — the bigger and better location, just a block away, will be back in business by noon, but stop by later in the day for the TOPS gourmet sausage truck and signature cocktails from Art in the Age.
Saturday, August 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. 1810 14th Street NW. RSVP here.

And let’s not forget about beauty: Come September 19, you can finish off your fall look at the Beauty & Bubbles bash at Neiman Marcus. Get the lowdown on fall trends with a beauty scavenger hunt, peruse specialty beauty stations, or sit back and receive a makeover with champagne in hand. Plus, the VIP treatment goes beyond beauty, with a sneak peak at fashion director Ken Downing’s top picks for fall accessories. And, yes, there will be prizes, too! Grab your tickets here.
Thursday, September 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW; no phone. Email for more information.