End winter on a good note with bridal shows for newlyweds, DIY workshops your skin will thank you for, on-trend pop-up shops and so much more.
It’s February, which is also known as the month of love (thanks, Valentine’s Day). While some choose to shower their significant other with candy, chocolate and flowers, others may decide to splurge on themselves with new clothes, a facial or a DIY cosmetic-making class.
Single or taken, if the latter sounds appealing to you, check out the 11 beauty and style events happening this month in Northern Virginia, listed below.
Salon Alure Pre-Valentine’s Day Hydrafacial Party
Thursday, Feb. 13, 3-7 p.m.
Focus on you this Valentine’s Day by cleansing, extracting and hydrating your skin with a hydrafacial at Salon Alure. Gather all your best girlfriends, as this special event will include food and refreshments, Champagne, giveaways and live music too. As there are only 30 spots available, be sure to sign up in advance. // Salon Alure: 1020 E. Main St., Unit H, Purcellville; $50
Galentine’s Day Sip & Make Milk Bath Tea
Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sometimes after a long day, all you really need is a nice bubble bath to come home to. And this month, you can add a personal touch to the ritual by creating your very own milk bath with help from the staff of LeLe Apothecary. While you make a special 12-ounce bottle of the milk-based bath tea, you’ll sip a glass of wine or two as well. // House 6 Brewing Co.: 44427 Atwater Drive, Ashburn; $30
Have Fun, Cook Two Personalized Skin Care Products
Saturday, Feb. 15, 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Led by certified cosmetologist Elodie Carry, this mid-month workshop will give you an inside look on what natural beauty products really are. Throughout the afternoon course, you’ll use a variety of healthy ingredients to create an active moisturizer serum and an oil body massage made with fresh, cold-pressed oil. As you get to choose a personalized scent, the final products will be truly unique to you and your skin care regimen. // 5512 23rd St. N., Arlington; $80
Etsy 101: Let’s Launch Your Etsy Shop
Sunday, Feb. 16, noon-3 p.m.
Calling all local makers: Are you interested in selling your products online? At this course, you’ll learn everything there is to know about being a successful entrepreneur on the popular website, Etsy. Cherkita Williams, a woman who has been selling her vintage creations for more than five years on the site, will lead the class, teaching you how to set up your page, begin branding your store and make future sales. // Star’s Beads: 139-A Church St. NW, Vienna; $40
Jewelry Design Basics 101
Feb. 16 & Feb. 23, 4-6 p.m.
Recently opened Praha Beads is opening its doors for two workshops this month that will teach you everything there is to know about the basics of jewelry making. Staff members of the Alexandria-based shop will provide all of the materials and serve as guides as you use copper, artistic wire and gemstones. By the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away with two beautiful pairs of earrings and a bracelet. // Praha Beads Jewelry: 215 S. Union St., Unit 6, Alexandria; $60
Champagne & Shop Upscale Pop-Up Fashion Shop
Monday, Feb. 17, noon-6 p.m.
Want to get a head start on spring shopping? Head over to the Upscale Nail Lounge this month, as the salon will be hosting a special pop-up featuring seasonal clothing items like light sweaters, dresses, shoes and more. As you search for must-have buys, light bites will be served and Champagne will be poured. // Upscale Nail Lounge, LLC: 4201 Dale Blvd., Woodbridge; $0-$40
The A Bridal Show
Sunday, Feb. 23, 1-5 p.m.
If you’re starting to plan your upcoming wedding, you may want to consider stopping by The A Bridal Show in Tysons. Throughout the day, wedding vendors from the DMV—including bakers, florists, photographers, consultants, dress designers and much more—will be on-site to discuss visions for your future affair. Plus, there will be wine and light bites, as well as giveaways and raffles happening all day long. // Sheraton Tysons Hotel: 8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons; $8-$15
Beauty Boss Event
Sunday, Feb. 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
For one night only, many NoVA-based hair stylists, aestheticians and skin care experts alike will be under one roof to talk about all things beauty. Whether you’re looking to grow your own beauty-focused business or want to find a new hair stylist to assist with your look, all are welcome. Plus, many natural and organic products will be on sale throughout the evening. // Columbus Grill: 8349 Centreville Road, Manassas; free
The International Gem & Jewelry Show
Friday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 1, noon-5 p.m.
Artisans, wholesalers and manufacturers from across the globe are coming together for the annual International Gem & Jewelry Show in Chantilly this month. The jewelry-focused event will continue for three days, giving local residents the chance to browse thousands of high-quality gemstones, beads and other pieces in person. Whether you’re in the market for a new pair of earrings or want to buy materials to make a set for yourself, you’re sure to find everything you need. // Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; $6
African Fashions Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Based in Michigan, Classic Expressions is a unique clothing boutique centered on traditional, African fashion. This month, the dedicated employees of the boutique are making their way to Vienna for one day only to showcase a large collection of bold African outfits, accessories and fabrics. From dresses to chunky necklaces, no piece is like the other. // Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring Fairfax: 2722 Gallows Road, Vienna; free
Design-a-Wedding Dress Workshop and Vendor Showcase
Saturday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Shopping for a wedding dress can be challenging, as there are so many different styles and looks to choose from. But what if you had the option to make your own? This month, you can explore that idea with help from DiDomenico Design, a local design company that specializes in customizing the gown of your dreams. Led by expert Kelsy Dominick, the company is recognized as the premier leader in custom dress couture in the DMV. // DiDomenico Studio: 15054 Doral Place, Haymarket; free
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