On the Home Front
The mastermind behind Donald Trump's most recent wedding, Preston Bailey, author of the book "Design for Entertaining," will be at the Home & Design Luxury Expo at the Sheraton Premiere Tysons Corner this weekend to share secrets of his elegant parties for the rich and famous. Bailey, who has also organized fetes for Oprah Winfrey, Donna Karan and Matt Lauer, is author of the book "Design for Entertaining." Nationally known designers Skip Sroka, Therese Baron Gurny and Lisa Bartolomei also will be on hand to offer expert advice on the latest home design trends. The event will take place April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Purchasing Power With a Cause
From Sunday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, Sassanova celebrates the power of pink, donating five percent of all sales to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It's a cause that doesn't need much touting, but it's made even more attractive by spring selections such as graphite ballet slippers from French Sole and the Beatrix Ong fabric flats for some Bollywood chic.
In Search of a Sale
Searching for earrings, bracelets and necklaces with personality and history? For antique and estate jewelry I'd turn to the normally pricey Tiny Jewel Box, where designer collections from the well and not-so-well-known also rank high in covetability. The store is holding its once-a-year Top-to-Bottom sale, which runs through May 7. You stand to save up to 70 percent not only on designer and antique jewelry but on handbags, scarves, and home accessories, including crystal glasses and decorative throw pillows. By the way, Rolexes are not included in the sale.
U Street Shopper Social
The Third Thursday Shopper Social on U Street on from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the wealth of shops in this D.C. corridor. You can save money on everything from cupcakes and vintage jeans to unusual shoes and wooden furniture from these participating stores: Meeps, Nana, Boundless Yoga, Goodwood, Habitat, LoveCafe, Junction, Wild Women Wear Red and Sweet Magnolia.
While you're in the U Street area, you can pick up a 15& U savings passport from Nana, Millennium, X-spectical, Wild Women Wear Red, Habitat, Junction, Trade Secrets or Top Notch Tattoo. By collecting stamps for the passports, shoppers can save money off future purchases. Collect two stamps for 10 percent off your next purchase; four stamps for 15 percent off and six stamps for 20 percent off your next purchase. The passport fits nicely in your wallet and you have six months to collect all the stamps.
Eye on Beauty
Looking a little winter wan in your new spring clothes? Skin Beauty Lounge comes to the rescue, offering airbrush tans for $25 (normally $35) a session, and if you buy three, one's on the house. And don't forget about your favorite girl -- mom, that is. Special spa packages range from $75 for a bikini wax and any two facial waxes to a one-hour massage, facial and manicure and pedicure for $205. Make her day -- or yours.
Grande dame of spas/salons, Georgette Klinger, is stepping up to the plate to comfort you after the stress of tax season. Customers receive a 50 percent discount
on select treatments, including hair cuts for $50 (regularly $100), higlights for $50 and half-price facials and massages, both for $50. Spend your refund or console yourself if you didn't get one. You must book an appointment by April 30, but you can use the services through June 30.
Furniture store Contemporaria is closing its suburban Bethesda location to focus on its larger Georgetown store. Until April 30, take 80 percent off all the hip, modern, mostly Italian-made sofas, chairs and groovy-looking lamps.