Most people don’t know this, but expos and showcases are a great resource for deals, discounts, and freebies.Â This past Saturday, the DC Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Expo took place smack in the middle of midtown.
After watching the fabulous fashion shows, I made sure to hit up the booths to score some goodies from local vendors.
In addition to the usual pens and other junk, I scored some lip balm, a $15 gift certificate to PR at Partners Salons and Spas and $10 off at Shoes by Lara.Â But my ultimate find was a $50 gift certificate to Auld Ennew, a brand new vintage and modern “gently loved” fashion boutique in Georgetown.Â Auld Ennew brought some samples from their boutique, one of which was a gorgeous green Betsey Johnson dress that I absolutely must have. Auld Ennew doesn’t open until November 1st, so it looks like I will have to wait to see what my $50 will get me.
Another fun part of expos are the contests. I entered to win all sorts of gift certificates and prizes ranging from makeovers to money. Sure, I will end up on some mailing lists, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to win free stuff.
And if you’re willing to make a day of it with your girlfriends, fashion and beauty expos offer free haircuts, makeup makeovers, manicures, and more.Â After hitting up the booths for an hour or two, you will be ready for a night on the town!
Only after I collected all my freebies did I make another pass to browse at the fashions. My favorite booth was South Moon Under.
Very cute, but very pricey. Their contest was a chance to go shopping in the store before it opens so you have it all to yourself. If I won, I wouldn’t be able to buy anything! haha.
Most of the people there were so stylish. I took a picture of Andrea, who I absolutely loved!
Isn’t her hair awesome?Â But not everyone was quite as well put together.
So next time you hear about any expos near you, be sure to go because it’s fab, fun, and full of freebies!