Summer is fully upon us and there is so much going on! I’ve rounded up some great upcoming natural beauty events in the DMV, along with a few fun weekend reads and things I’m loving.

AUGUST CALENDAR

August 1 – Bridging Your Closet to your Truth. Join personal stylist and wellness consultant, Molly Fakoury of Pop of Wonder, for a wardrobe and confidence-building workshop. Take Care Shop, $33.

August 2 – Self-Care for Saturn. Woo Woo Company (greatest name ever) is hosting a 90-minute workshop on Saturn Return, complete with natal charts and guidance on personal growth. Sense DC, $35.

August 3 – Indego Africa Summer Pop-Up Shop. Join Indego Africa’s DC Regional Board and Shea Yeleen for a special summer pop-up shop! Featuring handcrafted home décor and accessories from Indego Africa + organic, fair trade skin care products from Shea Yeleen. Profits support education for women & youth. Shea Yeleen, FREE.

August 5 – Going Non-Toxic with Cult + King. The founder of Cult+King will go over the biggest toxins in the beauty industry and show you how to avoid them. Veer & Wander, FREE. 

August 14 – Wellness Speaker Series: CBD 101 with Carlene Thomas RDN. Join Follain Bethesda Row for the launch of their Wellness Speaker Series! Carlene Thomas RDN will be hosting an event all about CBD and how to use it for wellness. Follain Bethesda Row, $15 (can be used towards an in-store purchase).

August 22 – Tata Harper Master Class. Become your own skincare expert through this step-by-step session, where you’ll be guided through a complete facial treatment and discover which products are best for your personal regimen. Follan Bethesda Row, $30 ($15 can be used towards an in-store purchase). 

Photo Credit: Patricia Nevin for the Financial Times

THINGS I’M LOVING

How could you not want to dive into a big bowl of this beautiful peach bici bici? A floral and fragrant desert from Turkey, I had never heard of this icy treat before but now I can’t seem to stop thinking about it!

I know there are a lot of fellow fans of Bee Sapiro’s Skin Deep column for the New York Times, but did you know she is also the purveyor of a natural fragrance company? Ellis Brooklyn makes fragrance, candles, and body products, and I am currently debating which of their sample sets to get.

After a successful capsule wardrobe challenge during my 3 month stay in Seattle, I was recently discussing Project 333 with a friend and thought it might be time to do another wardrobe clean-out. Not only does it simplify getting ready in the morning, it makes shopping such a breeze and really helps craft your eye to your own personal style (turns out I consider both leopard print and polka dots a necessarily neutral!)

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Photo credit: Garance Dore

WEEKEND READS

Getting Clean (Garance Dore) – I really enjoyed this measured discussion about the question “what is natural skincare?” It’s definitely hard to get into the natural vs. clean vs. green lexicon in such a short article, but it’s a lovely introduction for those who are still wrapping their heads around the conversation.

An Ethical Crocodile Handbag (FT) – We might not all be in the market for a designer handbag, but it’s definitely the case that luxury and mass market brands are moving towards more responsibly sourced animal products, if not making the switch to non-animal alternatives altogether.

Will Ingredient Sourcing Transparency Be The New Label Reading? (Beauty Independent) – If you aren’t already subscribed to Beauty Independent, I highly recommend it. Their industry insight covers a wide range of topics, including this piece filled with interviews on product sourcing and brands that are really excelling in ingredient transparency.

The Sunscreen Shakedown (Osmia Organics) – The Osmia team does great posts all about natural beauty and lifestyle, and this one is perfect for summer. Providing a full breakdown of natural SPF options for face, body, and sport, they have you covered from head to toe!

And that’s it! I hope you have a wonderful August and please pass along any fun events or natural lifestyle resources you’ve recently discovered!